Angela Rayner's 3-point plan to help families in Ashton-under-Lyne


Angela Rayner sets out a three point plan to help people in her Ashton-under-Lyne constituency ahead of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget statement next Wednesday.

"First, we need a plan that can bring a recovery for the many, not just a few. Most people in my constituency are still not feeling the recovery.

Wages are falling; working people are now more than £1,600 a year worse off than in 2010.

Under this Government house-building is at its lowest level since the 1920s, business investment is lagging behind our competitors and exports are way off target.

So we need an economic plan which raises living standards for all, not just a few. That means stronger growth and more good jobs paying decent wages.

We want to build 200,000 new homes a year, reform our banks and boost apprenticeships.

Labour will make work pay and tackle insecurity by raising the minimum wage, tackling the abuse of zero-hours contracts and expanding free childcare for working parents.

And we will back local businesses by cutting business rates for small firms.

Second, we need a plan to balance the books in a fair way.

Stagnant wages and too many low-paid jobs have led to lower revenue from taxation – people simply aren’t earning enough. That’s not the way to growth.

We need more good jobs, rising living standards and stronger growth – and fairness at its heart.

Labour will reverse the Tory £3 billion a year tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.

Third, we must save and transform our NHS, a cause close to all our hearts. The NHS is going backwards under David Cameron – it’s getting harder to see a GP, waiting lists are going up again and A&E is in crisis.

That’s why Labour is calling for £1billion of banking fines from the recent foreign exchange rigging scandal to give an immediate boost to our health service. We put our community’s health first, not the City of London.

We will also raise £2.5billion a year for an extra 20,000 nurses and 8,000 GPs.

We’ll pay for this by tackling tax avoidance, introducing a levy on tobacco firms and a tax on properties worth over £2million.

Only a Labour government will make it happen."

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