GWYNNE BLOG: Today’s announcements show that only Labour can solve this cost of living crisis

istock_000016201739xsmallPeople in Tameside and Stockport have an important choice to make on 22 May: vote for the Tories and their Lib Dem allies who only stand up for a privileged few, or vote for a Labour party that puts hardworking families first.

This Tory-led Government claims that people are better off. But that’s totally out of touch with local people on middle and lower incomes who are still not feeling any economic recovery at all.

David Cameron, George Osborne and Nick Clegg simply don’t understand what hardworking families in our community are going through at the moment. That’s why David Cameron has allowed energy companies to put prices up yet again this year when people are already struggling to pay their bills.

The truth is Britain is facing a cost of living crisis and hardworking people are £1,600 a year worse off. Under David Cameron we’ve seen rising prices, stagnant wages, long hours, falling living standards, and declining opportunities for the next generation. That is a shocking legacy of his time in power.

The Tories can’t solve the cost of living crisis because they put the privileged few before working people. The Liberal Democrats can’t be the solution because they are part of the problem. Only Labour can make Britain better off.

The elections on 22 May are your chance to tell this Tory-led government to put hardworking people first and make the big changes we need to tackle the cost of living crisis. Only Labour is prepared to make these big changes because we understand that Britain is stronger and more successful when everyone has a chance to play their part.

My colleagues on Tameside Council pledge to tackle rogue landlords by establishing a register to ensure all local landlords provide a decent standard of accommodation. They also plan to ensure that the Council uses the powers it has to force the owners of derelict buildings and land to bring them back into use for the good of us all.

Nationally, a Labour government plans to end rip-off landlord fees for good, and it will keep prices under control by ensuring landlords cannot evict tenants just to bring in other renters who can pay more. It will also ensure the rent on a tenancy contract will stay the same for longer periods of time.

In the wider economy, Labour will get young people back to work through our Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, back small firms by cutting business rates and balance the books in a fairer way by reversing David Cameron’s huge tax cut for the richest one per cent.

We will also freeze energy bills, fight for our NHS, expand free childcare for working parents and help 24 million workers with a lower starting rate of income tax.

Only by voting Labour on 22 May can you send a message to the Tories and Lib Dems that hardworking people in our area are ready and waiting for the big changes we need to deal with the cost of living crisis in housing, employment and energy.

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