Jan 15 2014 By Nicola Oakley
EVERY week I hear from people who are struggling to make ends meet because the cost of living continues to rise.
Energy bills, for example, are up by over £300 a year under this Tory-led government.
Since David Cameron became Prime Minister the cost of living has increased relentlessly, meaning many people have trouble putting food on the table by the end of the month. Little wonder, when rail fares are up 20 per cent, childcare is up £304 per year and rents are up £960 a year.
The only things that are going down are people’s wages – by £1,600 per year. Yet the Tories still find the money to slash the top rate of tax for millionaires; down from 50 per cent to 45 per cent under David Cameron. As these rich Tories get richer everybody else is getting poorer.
Prices have risen faster than wages in 41 out of the 42 months that the government has been in power.
Last Friday I was on the doorstep talking to people in Moreton, and they told me they are working harder than ever but that their monthly wage packet doesn’t stretch as far as it used to three years ago.
That’s why the Labour Leader Ed Miliband has promised to freeze energy bills if we win the next General Election, and reset the unfair energy market to help hard-pressed consumers.
That’s also why we will expand free childcare to a minimum of 25 hours per week for working families; to stop the tide of working mothers giving up employment to look after their children.
Labour believes that everyone should be better off when they go to work, not worse off like people are at the moment.
The next Labour government would make sure work pays by increasing tenfold the fine for not paying the minimum wage from £5,000 to £50,000.
It is only Labour who is on your side fighting your corner. The cost of Cameron is a cost that the vast majority of us cannot afford to pay.