Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Working people are worse off since 2010

Working people are worse off since 2010

Today's report on living standards by the Institute for Fiscal Studies confirms that working people are worse off now than they were in 2010. This is set to be the first time since the 1920s that people are worse off at the end of a Parliament than at the start.

We need a recovery that reaches not just the City of London but kitchen tables across Britain.

Labour's better plan will deliver the rising living standards, because we know that when working people succeed, Britain succeeds.

Labour has a better plan for living standards: supporting working people and making work pay by raising the Minimum Wage to £8 an hour before 2020 and banning exploitative zero-hours contracts, introducing tough and fair immigration controls, freezing energy bills until 2017, and expanding free childcare for working parents to 25 hours a week.

Today: David Cameron is running scared of TV debates

David Cameron says the election is about leadership, but the one thing he wants to avoid is a TV debate with Ed Miliband.

Time and again at PMQs today he refused to give a straight answer about whether he'd turn up to the head-to-head debate scheduled by the broadcasters for 30 April, a week before polling day.

He used to say he wanted the debates to happen. He said they were "here to stay". But now he's desperately searching for excuses to avoid debating Ed Miliband before the election.

Key messages

Labour has set out a new plan for Britain's future, a plan that works for ordinary families, rewarding the hard work they do and saving the NHS they rely on.

The Tories can't build a better future for working people because they stand up only for a privileged few. With the NHS going backwards and a recovery which works just for a few, working people can't afford five more years of David Cameron.

You can't trust Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. They broke their promises and have been too weak to stand up to the Tories.

UKIP can't stand for working people: they're more Tory than the Tories, a party made up of Tory people, promoting Tory policies, bankrolled by Tory donors.