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The Tories’ failure to tackle the cost-of-living crisis has cost the Exchequer £116.5 billion – leading to higher borrowing and broken promises on the deficit. 

The price tag, equivalent to almost £4,000 for every taxpayer, is based on new research from the House of Commons Library being published by the Labour Party.

Since the Tories and Liberal Democrats came to power in 2010, income tax receipts have fallen short of forecasts by more than £66 billion. National Insurance Contributions are £25.5 billion lower than expected. Spending on social security is £25 billion higher than planned.

The most recent Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings found that in the last year, full-time wages grew by just 0.1% – the smallest rate of annual growth since the series began and well below the rate of inflation. Real median wages for all employees have fallen by more than £1,600 a year since 2010.

Over the course of this Parliament working people are set to see the biggest fall in wages of any Parliament since 1874-1880. And it’s set to be the first time since the 1920s that people are worse off at the end of the Parliament than they were at the beginning.

There are currently more than 1.3 million people working part-time because they can’t get a full-time job – an increase of almost 250,000 since the General Election. This failure for people to be able to work the hours they need means they are ever more reliant on tax credits and benefits to help make ends meet.

The high level of spending in the welfare budget is a result of the coalition government's failure to tackle the root causes of the cost-of-living crisis: low pay, stagnant salaries, and soaring housing costs.

Tackling the cost-of-living crisis is not separate from tackling the deficit. It is an essential part of balancing the books.

 Patrick Hall

Labour parliamentary candidate for Bedford & Kempston

The Tories are squeezing the British public, but not the deficit

The Tories’ failure to tackle the cost-of-living crisis has cost the Exchequer £116.5 billion – leading to higher borrowing and broken promises on the deficit.  The price tag, equivalent to...

Rob_Wall_2014.jpgThe figures say that unemployment is falling, so why is it that so many people go to food banks and say that they are not feeling any recovery?

For a start, according to research by the TUC, only one in 40 of the jobs created since the recession has been full-time, and the number of full-time jobs in the country has fallen by 669,000.

Then there is the huge rise in 'self-employment', which at least in some cases means that the job centre has told someone, 'You have a skill: set yourself up as self-employed and if you don't get any work we'll still pay your benefits'.

Our appalling productivity levels show that economic activity in this country is not as good as the unemployment figures would suggest, and perhaps these are some of the reasons.

Any work is better than none, but really to feel  a recovery, we need full-time jobs paying decent wages.

Rob Wall

Bedford Labour Party

Full time jobs are needed

The figures say that unemployment is falling, so why is it that so many people go to food banks and say that they are not feeling any recovery? For a...

During the recent National Adoption Week, it became clear that there are many myths about coming forward as a possible adoptive parent which need to be dispelled.

Some people think you can't be considered if you are single, over 55, LGBT, on a low (or no) income, have a disability, or live in a rented home. These are all false.

The only requirements to begin the screening process are that you are over 21 and have the ability to provide a stable and loving home to one or more children.

Call the Amazing Adopters hotline on 01234 718718 to talk to our specialist team. There are currently 24 youngster in Bedford borough just waiting for your call.

Cllr Sue Oliver

Lead Member for Children's Servcies

Bedford Borough Council

Dispel adoption myths

During the recent National Adoption Week, it became clear that there are many myths about coming forward as a possible adoptive parent which need to be dispelled. Some people think...

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