Local Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has arranged a public meeting for East Cleveland residents to discuss the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and how Government policies such as the Bedroom Tax are affecting many in the area.
“Making ends meet on a weekly, let alone monthly basis is becoming an increasingly unwinnable task for many families in my constituency. Prices have now risen much faster than wages for 40 of the 41 months since David Cameron became Prime Minister. On average working people are now over £1,600 a year worse off under this out-of-touch Government. Policies such as the hated Bedroom Tax have had a devastating impact on local communities and have undoubtedly added to the financial pressures many are now facing.
“To help people cope with the cost of living there are actions Labour would take including freezing energy prices until January 2017 and expanding free childcare for working parents. We have called for a tax cut for 24 million working people on middle and lower incomes by introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax. Unfortunately, in Westminster last week Tories and Lib Dem defeated our motion to scrap the Bedroom Tax but we have pledged to repeal it if we win the 2015 General Election.
“As we approach the festive period purse strings are pulled even tighter and many, as a last resort, turn to payday loans for support. At the meeting I want to gather information about people’s experiences so I can take our campaign for a fairer deal to Westminster and ensure the voices of local people are heard.
“This meeting will offer residents in East Cleveland the chance to express themselves and to let me know what they think can be done to ease the burden and also highlight particular areas they are struggling with.”
The meeting will take place from 10:30am on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at Brotton Village Hall, Laburnum Road, Brotton, TS12 2RA.
A further meeting in South Middlesbrough will take place early in the New Year and further information will be made available in due course.