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Couples earn less weekly

MP Gloria De Piero visits young people at the Sutton Community Academy to discuss social issues and problems they have encountered in their lives.

MP Gloria De Piero visits young people at the Sutton Community Academy to discuss social issues and problems they have encountered in their lives.

Couples in Eastwood earn £86 less between them each week compared to three years ago.

On average, men in the town take home £59.50 less than they did in 2010, and women take home £26.60 less.

The figures were revealed after Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero asked in Parliament what her constituents earned today, compared to three years ago when the Tories came to power.

She described the results as ‘shocking’ and said it was ‘galling’ to hear ministers say the good times were back.

“These shocking figures show why life has got tougher and tougher for people in Eastwood,” she said.

“Given such a drop in wages and such a rise in food and energy bills, that continue to rise, it is galling to hear ministers say the good times are back.”

The MP called on the Government to freeze energy bills and bring back the ten pence tax rate.

“Life continues to be a daily struggle for most people and that is why I’m calling for an immediate freeze in energy bills and for the return of the ten pence starting rate of tax, which would mean a tax cut for most people in Eastwood.

“It’s just not right that hard working people are paying the price and that’s why those earning more than £150,000 a year should pay more in tax,” added the MP.

On average, men in Eastwood earned £498 in 2010, compared to £438 today.

Women earned £312 back in 2010, compared to £285 today.

A spokesperson at Ms De Piero’s office said people’s wages in the area were not keeping up with the rising cost of living.

“Families in Eastwood are significantly worse off than a couple of years ago,” he said.

“Although we are starting to see a recovery it’s clearly not being felt by hard working men and women in the Ashfield constituency just yet and it is an issue that is raised regularly with Gloria.

“The cost of living keeps on rising with energy bills and food shopping going up and up – the problem we have in our area is clearly people’s wages just aren’t keeping up.”

The figures came from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), which is carried out in April each year and is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom.

Weekly levels of earnings are estimated from ASHE, and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay. Figures do not include the self-employed.

 

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