Recently Rebecca Blake and the team were in the town centre asking people how they have been affected by the cost of living. One shopper told Rebecca that pensioners had reported to her at work their reluctance and worry to use the heating when the temperatures dropped unusually low a few weeks ago, despite it being August.
Passers by, took part in our poll and overwhelmingly voted yes to feeling the cost of living crisis. Many more signed the Labour Party Contract which includes 10 pledges on how a Labour government in 2015 would help everyday people to have a better standard of living.
Rebecca said “People are cutting back in a number of ways. Some have opted for a few days out this summer, because a holiday for them is completely out of the question. While one couple explained that running the car is a necessity for work but their wages have not increased in line with the increase of fuel, car tax and insurance premiums, which makes it very hard to run”.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate said “If local people vote for me to represent them next year I will fight for a minimum wage that gives people a decent standard of living, a wage that they can live off. Not what we have now, where more working poor are left with no choice other than to regularly use a food bank”.
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