Raising Walton's Wages(October 07, 2014)
We’ve had almost five years of the Tories’ so-called economic plan, and it’s failed working people in Walton. There are thousands of people in across the constituency I am contesting who are struggling to stay afloat and who feel the economic recovery has passed them by. They simply can’t afford another five years of Tory failure.
That’s why I have been clear with people in Walton that as the local MP I will vote for policies that reward hard work, build more homes, raise the minimum wage, create more apprenticeships and save our NHS.
As your MP in the next Labour Government, I will tackle the cost-of-living crisis by helping working families so, when the economy grows, the wages of everyday working people grow as well.
People in Liverpool tell me that there are not enough high quality apprenticeships available for school-leavers. So Labour will give all young people a shot in life by ensuring as many school-leavers go on to apprenticeships as go to university.
For many people on Merseyside the dream of home ownership is just that: a dream. So to meet demand for new homes, Labour will double the number of first-time buyers getting on to the housing ladder each year.
One in five British workers do the right thing and work long hours but still find themselves struggling on low pay. So as your MP I will vote to raise the minimum wage to £8 by 2020, a move that will put an extra £3,000 a year in the pockets of our city’s lowest paid workers.
And Labour – the party that first created the NHS, will again create a £2.5 billion Time to Care fund to pay for 36,000 new NHS staff to save and transform our health service so it’s fit to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The next Labour government will balance the books by the end of the next Parliament so the Time to Care Fund will not be paid for through more borrowing or by raising taxes on everyday working people. Instead, the money will be raised by asking those living in houses worth over £2m to pay more tax, a co-ordinated crackdown against tax avoidance, and asking the tobacco companies to contribute towards the costs they impose on the NHS.
These policies are the pillars supporting Labour’s national mission to build a new Liverpool Walton that rewards everyday working people. If we work together, we have an opportunity to create the change our country so desperately needs. Let’s seize that opportunity.