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Osborne's budget has not dealt with the cost of living crisis

George Osborne's budget this week shows that the Conservatives simply won't deal with the cost-of-living crisis

The Chancellor claimed things were going well, but he is totally out of touch with the vast majority of people in this country who face a cost-of-living crisis. We need a recovery for the many, not just a few at the top.

Osborne paints a rosy picture, but wages are down £1,600 a year since David Cameron became Prime Minister. The Office of Budget Responsibility confirmed that people will be worse off in 2015 than they were in 2010. Energy bills are up almost £300 since the election.

The Tories talk about the personal allowance but forget the 24 Tory tax rises introduced by George Osborne. The larger point is that George Osborne has overseen the slowest recovery for 100 years, and is forecast to borrow over £180 billion more than planned.
People don't just want criticisms. They want answers. Labour is totally committed to bringing the cost of living crisis to an end. Britain can do better than this.

The next Labour government will:

•    Freeze energy bills until 2017 and reform the broken energy market.
•    Put young people back to work, guaranteeing a job to every young person. Paid for by a tax on bankers' bonuses.
•    Expand free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds to 25 hours a week.
•    Cut taxes for 24 million working people on middle and low incomes with a lower 10p starting rate of income tax.
•    Cut business rates for small firms
•    Build 200,000 new homes per year by the end of the Parliament.

None of this will be achieved without a Labour government. In Bedford, a key seat, we can really make a difference in deciding what the next Parliament will look like. I hope you will join me in ensuring that Labour wins the next general election by electing Patrick Hall as our MP next year.

Cllr Louise King

Harpur Ward

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