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Jo McCarron responds to research showing that Kingswood has the highest proportion of working people paid below the living wage

Responding to new research from the TUC that shows Kingswood constituency as having the highest proportion of working people being paid below the living wage, Jo McCarron said...

“Whatever claims this Government makes about its ‘economic recovery’, the reality for the vast majority of people is the growing pressure on household budgets they feel on a daily basis.

“These figures show just how much pressure people in Kingswood are feeling – nearly half of people working across Kingswood are earning less than the wage they need just to cover the basics and no constituency in the country has a higher proportion of working people being paid below the living wage.. The truth is very few people living here are not feeling the squeeze.

“The average working person is more than £1600 a year worse off since this Government came to power, as month after month the cost of essentials like food, fuel and childcare has gone up faster than wages. We’ve spoken to thousands of local residents over the last few months and over 80% have told us they are seriously concerned about the rising cost of living. Labour’s focus is on helping to ease this pressure by putting forward the kind of straightforward, practical measures people need, like the freeze on energy bills, 10 extra hours of free childcare each week and a tax cut for millions of low and middle income earners by reintroducing the 10p tax rate.

“Hundreds of local residents have signed up to join the call for the Government to act now and implement these measures and it’s time the sitting Tory MP sat up and paid attention to what is going on his patch. Yes, he’s organised a few jobs fairs, but what about all the people in his constituency who are in  work but are still struggling? This report shows that people across this constituency need more from those who are meant to represent them.”

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commented 2014-04-01 21:36:20 +0100
Indeed Mr Skidmore needs to come off his high horse and meet with the hardworking people he represents. It is one thing to come off the jobless database and another to afford a living fit for a UK citizen in 2014. We know history is Mr Skidmore’s subject. It is now way past the time for our MP to make his subjects part of his story.

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