Autumn Statement

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10 Dec 2013

One central fact was confirmed in last week's Autumn Statement: working people are worse off under this Government.

For all the Chancellor's complacent boasts, for millions of families there is still no recovery at all. After three damaging years of a flatlining economy, the cost of living crisis is set to continue with prices forecast to rise faster than wages until 2015. 

What we need is a long-term plan to tackle the cost of living crisis and earn our way to higher living standards for all.

We need action to get more homes built, expand apprenticeships and back small firms by cutting not increasing business rates, so we have a strong recovery that's built to last.

We need action to make work pay by expanding free childcare for working parents and a compulsory jobs guarantee for young people and the long-term unemployed.

We need action to freeze gas and electricity bills while we make long-term changes to the energy market, not a policy which will still see bills rising this winter and let the energy companies off the hook.