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We need a Labour government to improve living standards

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David Cameron is on a lap of victory. The Tories are busy congratulating themselves over a measly 0.8% economic growth, after three years of stagnation, and are convinced that we have turned the corner. However, the reality for many people in Birmingham, and across the country, is that life does not feel much easier for them. The government assures us that things are getting better, yet this is not a recovery for everyone; the government is still concerned with the few, rather than the many. Only a Labour government would ensure a recovery that is made for the many and improves the living standards of ordinary people.

Since Ed Miliband’s barnstorming conference speech nearly six weeks ago, the debate about living standards has been focused on energy prices. Instead of taking action to reduce the burden on consumers, Cameron simply stands up for the energy companies, defying even the former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major. That’s why we, along with other Labour Party branches across the country, will be out this weekend explaining how a Labour government will freeze energy prices for twenty months from May 2015. Labour is on your side, working to improve the lives of ordinary people by making bills more affordable, rather than defending vested interests and remaining blissfully ignorant of the struggles faced by the majority of Britons.

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Importantly, Ed Miliband announced a second vital policy regarding living standards: his plans to incentivise businesses to pay a living wage. When prices are rising four times faster than wages, and have done so for 39 months of Cameron’s time as Prime Minister (see above), in addition to the average family being more than £1,000 worse off under this government, a pay increase for those on modest incomes is essential for improving living standards and making work pay. The government has a diabolical record in this area; despite promising that their welfare reforms and a growing economy would ‘make work pay’, it has not worked. Only Labour can deliver better living standards and a recovery built for the many, not for the few.

Come and see us tomorrow (Saturday 9th November) outisde the Co-Op on Stratford Road in Hall Green to find out more about Labour’s energy price freeze promise and how we are working hard for Hall Green residents.

Labour campaign to ‘freeze that bill’

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Under Ed Miliband your gas and electricity bills will be frozen until 2017. Saving 27 million households and 2.4 million businesses money. Ed shares why he’d put the interests of consumers before energy companies: http://bit.ly/162o0U7

Kerry Jenkins, Hall Green’s Labour Candidate for 2014 said:

“Under David Cameron, Britain’s families are facing a cost of living crisis. Prices have risen faster than wages in 38 of the 39 months that David Cameron has been in Downing Street and energy bills have gone up by almost £300. David Cameron only stands up for the privileged few. His failure to tackle rip-off bills has meant that many people in Hall Green are struggling to pay their bills.

“Ed Miliband says Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. This will save a typical household £120 a year and this will be a huge help for many who are facing a cost of living crisis. I welcome this pledge but the reality is that people round here need help now so I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now.”

“For that to happen, we need as many people as possible to support this campaign, sign the petition and get involved. We will be launching this campaign on Saturday 9th November and you can visit us outside the Co-Op on the Stratford Road, B28 8AS between 10 and 12.”

You can sign the petition at http://action.labour.org.uk/page/s/david-cameron-freezethatbill

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