Tynedale: Double cuts whammy hits families hardest
By BRIAN TILLEY- Hexham Courant
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 23 October 2013
FAMILIES in Northumberland have suffered significantly since the last General Election, according to Labour politicians.
Wages have fallen by an estimated 5.8 per cent in the county and the average family is spending £360 per week just to keep pace with price rises and living costs, such as energy and fuel.
Northumberland County Council leader Coun. Grant Davey has attacked the Government for “sticking up for the wrong people” as figures released by the House of Commons Library show average earnings have fallen by £1,350 since the election.
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 insurance firm Aviva, show the average cost of running a car has risen to £51 per week.
Coun. Davey said 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 Democrat councillors and MPs 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.”
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