Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Families in Northumberland facing the ‘big squeeze’

Families in Northumberland facing the ‘big squeeze’
‘Coalition priorities are targeting the wrong people’ – Grant Davey

Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey has attacked the governing coalition for ‘sticking up for the wrong people’ as figures released by the House of Commons Library saw average earnings fall by £1,350 since the last General Election. In Northumberland, wages have fallen by an estimated 5.8% and the average family is spending £360 per week just to keep pace with price rises and living costs such as energy and fuel.
Labour are also pointing out that in a rural county like Northumberland, families are spending a disproportionate amount of disposable income on the cost of running a car. Figures released by Aviva, show the average cost of running a car has risen to £51 per week.
Now Grant Davey, the Labour group leader and the leader of Northumberland County Council has waded into the cost of living debate by highlighting how coalition cuts and tax increases are hitting those least able to afford it the most.
He said
‘It’s clear where the priorities of this coalition are with a tax cut for millionaires while increasing VAT which hits ordinary families disproportionately. Coupled with falling living standards that show the average working family has lost £1,350 since the coalition took power, families in Northumberland now have to face up to the fact that the council has to cut at least £70m as well in the next two years. That means every household will lose services worth £222 per year. It’s high time that Conservative and Liberal Democrats councillors and MP’s in the county made their voices heard in Westminster and started to stand up for ordinary families facing a coalition ‘double whammy of service cuts and falling living standards’.

Notes for Editors

1. £1,350 average wage fall – House of Commons Library – Based on average median weekly wage for all employees – 2010-12 adjusted by RPI
2. Aviva Household Spending Data here

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