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Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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94b3a1fe-dbf6-5684-c99f-cbd847fe2127.jpgIn 2015, families in Eltham will have a choice to reduce the high cost of childcare. The choice is between five more years of the Tories letting childcare costs run out of control, or a Labour government that will extend free childcare and provide more childcare places.

Under the Tories, childcare costs have soared by 30% - five times faster than wages. At the same time, there is a shortage of childcare places and Tory cuts have led to 628 fewer children’s centres.

While working families in Eltham, Kidbrooke and Plumstead are paying more, under the Tories the banks are paying almost £3 billion less in tax. David Cameron has cut £15 billion from support for children and families, and at the same time wages are down £1,600 a year.

With Labour, all primary school children will be guaranteed access to childcare from 8am – 6pm, and 3 and 4 year olds with working parents will get 25 hours free childcare every week, funded by raising the bank levy.

The choice is clear –  real help for families with Labour, or five more years of spiraling childcare costs and a squeeze on childcare places under the Tories.

Under the Tories, childcare costs have soared by 30%

In 2015, families in Eltham will have a choice to reduce the high cost of childcare. The choice is between five more years of the Tories letting childcare costs run out of...

ee408017-693b-1ba4-e9cb-559d927e3478.jpgThe Tories and Liberal Democrats like to claim that families in Britain are better off but the truth is that hardworking people across Eltham are £1,600 a year worse off under David Cameron.

People living in communities like Eltham, Kidbrooke and Plumstead are struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis. However hard they work, rising prices and stagnant wages mean that families are seeing a fall in living standards and fewer opportunities for their kids.                                                                            

David Cameron, George Osborne and Nick Clegg don’t understand the cost of living crisis facing hardworking families in Eltham. Instead of standing up for hardworking families who play by the rules, the Tories stand up for a privileged few, and the Lib Dems have backed David Cameron all the way.

Ed Miliband’s cost of living contract shows exactly how hardworking families will be better off with Labour. We’ll freeze energy bills until 2017, make work pay by lowering the starting rate of tax, and provide a job or training to every young person unemployed for a year. And we’ll get Britain building again with 200,000 new homes a year built by 2020.

Only Labour will deal with the cost of living crisis.

Cost of Living - People in Eltham are £1,600 a year worse off under David Cameron

The Tories and Liberal Democrats like to claim that families in Britain are better off but the truth is that hardworking people across Eltham are £1,600 a year worse off under...

79c397b5-d931-1af4-e5fa-40472677c019.jpgWe believe in a better future for our young people. That’s why we’re announcing our manifesto for young people. You can read it in full here.

 

Here are the five things you need to know about Labour’s plan for young people:

1. We’ll guarantee interns working more than four weeks are paid at least the minimum wage
Unpaid internships are increasingly making some of the most sought-after jobs out of reach for young people who can’t afford to work for nothing during long internships. This is not only unfair on those who do not have access to money from their parents, but is also damaging Britain itself because it is denying our country and our businesses the chance to benefit from the talents of all young people. That’s why we’ll guarantee that anyone who does interns for longer than four weeks will get paid the minimum wage.

2. We’ll cut tuition fees to £6,000 and increase grants by £400 from September 2016
The decision by the Tories and the Lib Dems to increase tuition fees to £9,000 means that the average student will now graduate with £44,000 of debt. And almost three quarters of students will never pay their loan back in full. To ease the burden of debt on our young people we’ll cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year from 2016.

3. We’ll guarantee an apprenticeship to every school-leaver who gets the grades
Our education and training systems currently only work for the 50% of young people who choose to go to university - while forgetting everyone else. We will guarantee an apprenticeship to every school leaver who gets the grades so that young people who don’t go to university can get the skills they need to get on.

4. We’ll strengthen the voice of young people by giving 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote
A Labour government will act to ensure every voice is heard in our democracy. We will widen the franchise so that 16-18 year olds will be given a say in all UK elections. We’ll also improve the curriculum for citizenship education so young people have the knowledge they need to play a full part in British society.

5. We’ll raise the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 by 2019 and end exploitative zero-hours contacts
The introduction of the National Minimum Wage is one of Labour’s proudest achievements – it abolished extreme low wages without leading to a loss of jobs. We’ll bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings by raising it to more than £8 an hour by October 2019. Labour will also ban exploitative zero-hours contracts so that if you work regular hours, you get a regular contract.

Labour's better plan for young people

We believe in a better future for our young people. That’s why we’re announcing our manifesto for young people. You can read it in full here.  


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