Labour candidate attacks government on low pay
Labour parliamentary candidate has this week blasted the govermment's
'failure' to deal with low wages in the area.
figures for the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham and
Highbridge, show 38% of workers earn less than a living wage,
with the average annual wage around £17,000.
candidate Chris Inchley, pictured, said: "It is likely that
the number of working people claiming housing benefit is set to
double because the Tory government has failed to tackle low pay,
insecure work and the cost-of-living crisis, with the consequence
of thousands more people are being forced to rely on housing benefit
to make ends meet."
"The tax payer is effectively handing their taxes to private
landlords with no assets accrued for the tax payers investment,
just redistributing wealth from those who do not have to those
with wealthy assets."
continue on this course of low pay insecure work will lead to
higher welfare payments. It is obvious that a change of approach
is required. We need a government that will tackle low pay, raising
the skills of workers, which in turn must lead to an increase
in the minimum wage and a move towards the living wage, a basic
requirement in making work pay."
added: "The housing market needs to be rebalanced. It is
unsustainable for the current (over) ten times annual salary for
the average house price, with the gap between wages and house
is clear many, many more affordable houses need to be built, without
action the current housing crisis, will get worse, with the welfare
budget increasing with little benefit to the tax payer or for
the local communities."