“Christmas dinner is going to be a lot more expensive this year. Food prices have gone up at twice the rate of wages.
“The government is failing to deal with Britain’s cost of living crisis. Working people need a pay rise. They shouldn’t have to worry about putting the turkey on the table.”
Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary
Today’s (Tuesday 12th December’s) inflation figures show that food and non-alcoholic drink prices have jumped by 4.2% in the last 12 months.
TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady says this will hurt families this Christmas.
We should not forget that Labour has repeatedly and publicly stated that, in Government, it will not be able to afford to end the Conservative austerity of the benefits freeze and the benefit cap.
Frances O’Grady is right, working people do need a pay rise, but so do those who have not seen the basic rate of their Employment and Support Allowance; Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance increase by even one penny since April 2015.
Labour in Government plans to increase the middle class welfare state by 10s of billions of pounds thereby further insulating the better off in our society from the severe damage being wrought on our polity by BREXIT.
Much of today’s inflation increase is down to the Pound falling in value against the Dollar and the Euro since June 2016.
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell campaigned for forty years against the UK remaining a member of the EU.
They claimed throughout that time that there would be no real downsides to the UK leaving the EU!