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Campaign Diary: “Hardworking Families Are Paying For The Bankers Mess

Local Labour4Tranby candidates, Josh Newlove and Daniel Palmer, today issued a challenge to the Tory-led Government, asking: ‘why should local families pay more than the banks?’ 

As the impact of spending cuts starts to hit Anlaby families, it is clear that households in Tranby are being forced to pay the price, with cuts that go too far, and too fast. 

 And to add to the pressure hard working local families are under the Tory-led Government’s VAT increase will cost a family with children £450 a year on average. 

More is to come, with cuts to family tax credits and Child Benefit coming in today. All of this at a time when local spending cuts threaten the closure of 250 Sure Start Children’s Centres, and cuts to libraries and local bus services. Everything from nurseries to meals on wheels is under threat. 

Local Labour candidate Dan Palmer said; ‘I think it is outrageous that this Tory-led Government is forcing ordinary hard working families to pay more than the banks who caused this mess in the first place. Local families have told me they are struggling to make ends meet, and the latest cuts to Child Benefit and family tax credits will only make things harder. Government should be on the side of families – not making life harder for them. Top economists such as Professor Noreena Hertz are telling us that the top five countries in Europe doing best have achieved this with no cuts whatsoever and concentrated solely on growth in all areas of their economies. The proof is that growth in Germany is running at 3.8% with no cuts whereas we are back in recession and a forecast of sluggish growth with savage, politically motivated cuts ’ 

Josh Newlove outlined what all this means and what Labour will do to help families in Anlaby; 

“ We have seen cuts to Family Tax Credits and Child Benefit begin in April 2011 which hits young families in particular. VAT was raised to 20% and we can all see the results in our shopping basket and at the fuel pumps. Labour’s Leader, Ed Miliband, has acknowledged the need for some spending cuts to get the deficit down, but has said that the Tory-led Government’s cuts are too fast, too deep and hit the most vulnerable in Society.” 




About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


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