John slams Tories in Westminster for failing to help families in Southampton

John Denham, MP for Southampton Itchen has this week demanded the Tory-led Government help squeezed households facing a cost of living crisis.

Thousands of hard-working families in Southampton are under enormous pressure from rising prices, a flatlining economy and sky-high utility bills with many of them struggling to make ends meet.

Since the Tory-led Government came to power in 2010

• energy bills have soared by over £300;

• rail tickets for commuters have gone up by as much as 9.2 per cent, and

• housebuilding is now at the lowest since the 1920s.

But in a debate on the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons last week, John voted to demand the Government change course and help hard-pressed families struggling with the rising cost of living.

John said:

“I voted to force the Government to introduce measures and policies that will make a real difference to the lives of people in Southampton who are struggling to make ends meet at the moment.

John Denham MP during a meeting in his Westminster office, Portcullis House“The economy has flatlined for two and a half years, real wages are down £1,700 since 2010 and energy bills have risen by over £300.

“But in David Cameron’s Britain millions are forced to pay more for this government’s economic failure through cuts to tax credits, child benefit, maternity pay and the bedroom tax, while 13,000 millionaires get an average £100,000 tax cut.

“We need real action to get people back into work, to get more affordable homes built, to tackle rising energy bills and to tackle the growing cost of getting to work.

“People in Southampton, who get up early, work hard and do the right thing, are feeling the squeeze like never before – it’s time the Government took real action to stop their living standards falling any further.”

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