3:19pm Tuesday 24th September 2013
STEPHANIE Peacock, Labour’s Halesowen and Rowley Regis parliamentary candidate, gave a speech at her party’s conference in Brighton.
She used the platform on Monday (yesterday) to attack the government for “creating a cost of living crisis and welcomed Labour’s pledge to scrap the bedroom tax.“
She said: “The Tory-led government have created a cost of living crisis. We have a chronic housing shortage, with rents across Sandwell and Dudley up £73 in a year.
“The Black Country Food Bank has seen demand double in a year, parents face rising costs of childcare and annual rail fares have increased by as much as £80."
She added: “I live and work locally and see first-hand the challenges faced by hardworking people across Halesowen and Rowley Regis on a daily basis.
“People are seeing their wages frozen while prices going up. Since 2010 families in Sandwell are £26 a week worse off and in Dudley its £32 a week.
“Things for families across Halesowen and Rowley Regis are getting worse not better and this Tory-led government are not acting.
“That why I called for a living wage, action on housing and policy on an affordable childcare policy.
“The government is hitting those on low and middle incomes all whilst 13,000 millionaires are receiving an average tax cut of over £100,000.
“Having led the protests locally against the Bedroom Tax I welcome Labour’s pledge to scrap it if elected in 2015. I have seen first-hand the devastating effect it has had across Halesowen and Rowley Regis.”
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