Thousands of hard-working families in the Rother Valley are under enormous pressure at the moment from rising prices, a flatlining economy and sky-high utility bills.
In the recent debate on the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons, I voted to demand the Government change course and help hard-pressed families cope with the rising cost of living. I voted to force the Government to introduce measures and policies that will make a real difference to the lives of people who are currently struggling to make ends meet.
Since the Government came to power in 2010, energy bills have soared by over £300, rail tickets for commuters have gone up by as much as 9.2 per cent and house building is now at the lowest since the 1920s. With the economy having flatlined for two and a half years and real wages down £1,700 since 2010, families are suffering the consequences, with many feeling that the cost of living is more expensive than it was just a few weeks ago.
Millions are being forced to pay more for this Government’s economic failure through cuts to tax credits, child benefit, maternity pay and the bedroom tax, while 13,000 millionaires get an average £100,000 tax cut. That can’t be right.
We need to ease the squeeze on people on middle and low incomes who are seeing their living standards fall year after year. We need real action to get people back into work, to get more affordable homes built, to tackle rising energy bills and to tackle the growing cost of getting to work.
People who work hard and do the right thing are feeling the squeeze like never before, it’s time the Government took real action to stop their living standards falling any further.