Local people in Bedford & Kempston are on average £1,600 a year worse off as a result of the unfair and incompetent policies of the Government.
The economy was growing in 2010 thanks to Labour but then flat-lined for three years whilst the Government cut and hit middle and lower income groups whilst rewarding the rich. The economic cycle has at last returned to growth after the slowest recovery in 100 years but millions of people are not seeing the benefit.
In Bedford & Kempston, average wages are boosted by people securing higher paid jobs by commuting. But local wages are well down despite our locational advantages. Apart from the need for effective economic development, what is desperately needed is for education to boost skills and aspirations. Instead, this Government has abolished the Education Attendance Allowance, undermined the professionalism of teachers and wreaked havoc to schools in a bid to force them to compete rather than cooperate.
Letters' Page, Times & Citizen 8 May 2014