Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Redditch Rebecca Blake, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria de Piero MP, and Labour members in Redditch campaigned against the #CostofCameron.
Rebecca Blake, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Redditch (left)
with Labour activists and Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria de Piero (right)
On Saturday 11th January 2014, Labour activists, members, and Labour Shadow Ministers from across the West Midlands took part in the #CostofCameron day to campaign against the cost of living crisis created under David Cameron and the current Tory-led government and to express discontent of David Cameron and his Government’s seeming failure to understand what life’s like under a stretched budget.
Since this Tory-led Government came into power, families are on average £1,479 worse off each year.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Redditch Rebecca Blake took to the streets of Redditch with Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria de Piero MP, and Labour members for the campaign.
Gloria de Piero MP said:
“David Cameron’s Cost of Living Crisis is hitting people hard. I have been out and about in Redditch speaking to local people about how they are feeling the squeeze.
Time and time again parents said that they were struggling with the cost of childcare. With nursery costs up 30% since 2010 it is no wonder the families are feeling the strain.”
Nationally, there are 35,000 fewer childcare places. It is therefore not surprising that 70% of stay-at-home mums say childcare costs mean that they can’t afford to work.
Tory policies are evidently not helping mums and dads in the job market.
Gloria de Piero MP also said:
“That’s why Labour would extend free nursery places for 3 and 4 year olds from 15 to 25 hours a week for working parents and give a legal guarantee to parents that they will have access to breakfast and after school clubs whilst their children are at primary school.”
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Redditch Rebecca Blake also felt the full power of these concerns from local residents, saying:
“Mums are telling me that they are giving up work because childcare costs are too high
Parents in Redditch want affordable, accessible, quality childcare and that’s what the next Labour Government will give them.”