Barbara has highlighted the fact the Conservative-led Government’s austerity measures will cost working-age Salford residents an average of £644 in lost income each year. The figures cover cuts to a wide range of benefits, including the disability living allowance, child benefit and family tax credits.
The figures come from research done by Sheffield Hallam University and they show that affluent areas are being hit less hard by the Government’s austerity measures than cities like Salford. For example, residents in nearby Trafford will lose £208 less and Cheshire residents will lose £279 less than Salford residents.
“The Government’s austerity measures are hitting Salford much harder than Trafford or Cheshire. Every week I meet people who are now really struggling to get by and
I know that many of those affected by the cuts are people with disabilities or people working in low-paid jobs.”
“Thousands of working families in Salford are being affected by cuts to their household income, including 21,800 households that rely on tax credits due to working in lower-paid jobs. The local economy in Salford is also losing out because this reduces the amount of money people have to spend on food or services.”
“Labour would act now to help Salford recover from austerity by bringing forward infrastructure investment, bringing in a compulsory jobs guarantee for the long-term unemployed and re-introducing the 10p tax rate.”
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