‘Wages failing to keep up with big rise in living costs’

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South Yorkshire Labour MP John Healey has voiced concern wages are not keeping up with the cost of living.

Mr Healey, who represents Wentworth & Dearne, said average earnings after inflation in his constituency alone are £1,350 a year lower than they were at the time of the last General Election in 2010.

In real terms, workers on average are earning today the same as they made in 2001, due to sharp increases in the cost of food, fuel and heating.

Wage drops are above average in Yorkshire – falling 8 per cent or £1,721 a year.

Mr Healey said: “Prime Minister David Cameron is totally out of touch with what is happening to people in South Yorkshire.

“His economic policies have failed and the result is that families are massively out of pocket.

“His priority has been to cut taxes for millionaires and reward bankers by cutting the 50p rate of tax.”

“Labour would help families with a lower 10p starting rate of tax – which would benefit nearly two million people in our area, also by tackling energy bills and protecting tax credits.”

Ed Miliband, Labour leader and Doncaster North MP, has shifted his party’s attention from criticising spending cuts to focusing on how to help families.