It’s only good news for the well-off, not for the poor

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Your editorial (The Star, April 17) hailed as good news the latest figures on jobs, wages and inflation.

The news about wages and inflation is only good news for people who get bonuses.

For those who don’t - the majority of people working in both in the public and private sectors - wages are still lagging behind inflation, as they have done ever since George Osborne’s budget in 2010, and living standards are continuing to fall for most people under the Tory/LibDem coalition.

At the beginning of 2010, before the General Election, unemployment was falling, inflation was low, and the economy was starting to grow after the financial crash in 2008, caused by reckless speculation by the bankers.

For over three years between mid 2010 and 2013 we have had a flat-lining economy and a rise in inflation and unemployment, only now showing slight signs of improvement.

In the meantime many people are eking out a precarious living in part-time or zero hours jobs, or as self employed, and the very poor have had a “triple whammy” with the withdrawal of full council tax benefit, the “Bedroom Tax” and Tory/LibDem government imposed cuts in vital local services, particularly in the North of England.

Food Banks are dealing with a 300% increase in their customers since last year’s changes to the benefits system, which have left people unable to feed their families or keep their homes warm.

Really good news would be a switch to making the very wealthy bankers, who caused the crisis and had to be bailed out by tax-payers - and have recently had a tax cut! - pay to put things right, not the poor and the disabled.

Veronica Hardstaff

Northfield Court, Sheffield S10 1QR