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Labour Candidate Attacks LIB Dem MP for Failing Hardworking People in Sutton and Cheam on Low Pay

Thursday 12 June 2014


Emily Brothers has attacked Lib Dem MP, Paul Burstow, for voting against measures to support hardworking people on low pay in Sutton and Cheam. On 11 June 2014 Mr Burstow voted against a proposal to set the Low Pay Commission a five year target to raise the National Minimum Wage faster than average earnings, while retaining the capacity to take account of shocks to the economy.

In response to the vote, Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, said:

“Local and European elections show the depths of discontent with the direction of our country which people increasingly feel does not work for them. It would seem that Mr Burstow is still failing to recognise that hardworking people are finding it very difficult to pay their bills. Even ten Sutton Councillors over the last year have struggled to pay their Council Tax on time.

“We need a change of direction for Sutton and Cheam, but Mr Burstow just isn’t up to the scale of this challenge. Moreover, he doesn’t recognise the public’s discontent.

“Under this failing Coalition we have seen a rising tide of insecurity at work – which is adding to the costs of social security as people are forced to rely on benefits to make ends meet. Long term unemployment rose in Sutton and Cheam by 33% over the last year and increasing numbers of people are locked into low pay and zero hour contracts, yet Mr Burstow does nothing to address those problems.

“The Tory-LibDem Coalition has cruelly misled hardworking families by raising hopes and promising to raise the National Minimum Wage to £7.00, then failing to deliver, at a time when families are being hit by a cost-of-living crisis. They keep breaking their promise to crack down on employers who don’t pay the National Minimum Wage and refused to back Labour’s plans for better enforcement – including by giving local authorities new powers.

“The next Labour Government will increase the value of the National Minimum Wage and help businesses pay a living wage through Make Work Pay contracts. We will act to make work pay and restore living standards where the value of the minimum wage has been eroded in recent years.


Notes to Editors

1.    The report of Labour’s review on tackling the scandal of low pay by Alan Buckle, former Deputy Chairman of KPMG International was published last month.

2.    In November 2013 Ed Miliband announced Labour’s plans for Make Work Pay contracts to encourage employers to pay a living wage and help businesses raise wages for millions of low-paid workers, cutting social security bills for the taxpayer. Firms which sign up to paying the Living Wage at the start of the Parliament will benefit from a 12-month tax rebate of up to £1,000 – and an average of £445 – for every low paid worker who get a pay rise.


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