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Local Fairness Commission Needed to Secure Growth for All

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, responding to today’s GDP figures, said:
“It is essential that signs of economic growth benefit all hard working people in Sutton and we share a balanced recovery that’s built to last.
“Paul Burstow-Scully want to tell people the cost-of-living crisis is over, but under this government, wages after inflation are down by over £1,600 a year. On top of this, tax and benefit changes will leave families almost £1,000 a year worse off by the time of the next General Election.
“Clearly with business investment still weak, infrastructure output down and housing demand outstripping supply, this is not yet a recovery that is built to last.
“Labour’s plan will ensure we earn our way to higher living standards for all, not just a few at the top, securing a strong and balanced recovery that is built to last.
“This is why I’m calling for a Fairness Commission to be established for Sutton, to tackle inequalities and recommend steps on how to improve the quality of life across the borough by making it a fairer place for all who live and work here. It will influence and inform the council on how it makes decisions on allocating resources.
“A Labour Council will develop Zero based budgeting to review services in line with fairness objectives. We will also develop an anti-poverty and social exclusion strategy as part of our overall fairness strategy aimed at areas, not individuals - improving access to services instead of relying on Food Banks.”

Notes to Editors
1. Government figures published on 29/04/14 report that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up 0.8% in the first quarter of 2014.
2. Sutton Labour Party’s Manifesto for the Local Election 2014 proposes a Fairness Commission for Sutton, to tackle inequalities and improve life chances across the borough.

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