In the Budget George Osborne and David Cameron seem to be trying to claim everything is going well. It just shows how completely out of touch they are when millions of working people on middle and lower incomes are not feeling any recovery at all.
We needed a Budget that tackles the cost-of-living crisis which has left working people £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories. Instead, Mr Osborne wants to take credit for increasing the personal allowance, but hopes people forget his 24 Tory tax rises including the increase in VAT.
Labour has a clear fully-costed plan to help people which includes freezing energy bills until 2017 and reforming the energy market to stop customers being ripped off. We’ll cut taxes for 24 million working people on middle and low incomes with a lower 10p starting rate of income tax and make work pay by expanding free childcare to 25 hours a week for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds. “
We’ll also put young people back to work with a job that young long-term unemployed people have to take paid for by a tax on bank bonuses. We will build 200,000 home a year by 2020 and cut business rates for small firms. We will balance the books in a fairer way by reversing the £3 billion tax cut for people earning over £150,000.
I have organised a Cost-of-Living – Oldham Foodbank event on Saturday 22nd March at 12.15pm.
Every week I’m inundated with people coming to me for help because they are struggling to make ends meet. I’m sick and tired of this Government’s apparent lack of social conscience but on the other hand I’m inspired by the hard work and dedication of the Oldham Foodbank staff who continue to work tirelessly to support hundreds of people across Oldham who are going hungry.
Incredibly it’s a year since I last organised an event there and, rather than being told things are improving, the Foodbank is having to branch out to help people with basic hygiene products as well.
Please come along on the day and show your appreciation and support for the great work the Foodbank is doing. The Foodbank is at 24 Clegg Street, Oldham, OL1 1PL.
Andrew Barr, the manager of the Oldham Foodbank has told me that they are finding recentlypeople are short of basic hygienic products like soap and toothpaste. So if anyone can spare any of the products in their list, that would be brilliant. If anyone still wants to bring food as well the Foodbank is always in need of tinned fruit and veg, 500g sugar, tinned fish and meat.
The list of non-food products the Foodbank is now trying to help people with is: Bars of soap; Regular size shower gels (suitable for men and women); Regular size toothpaste; Ladies sanitary products; Deodorants (for men and women); Shaving foam; Disposable razors; Regular size shampoo; Toilet rolls; Tin openers