Last week, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority leaders supported my calls for a freeze in tunnel toll fees. I urged them to block any rise this year as it would have come at the worst possible time for tunnel users who are already suffering a huge cost-of-living crisis under David Cameron. Labour MPs Frank Field and Alison McGovern also called for a freeze. I am pleased that they listened to us and made the right call.
It is not just the costs associated with driving that are going up. The cost of living has soared over the last five years so much that people across Wirral are now £1,600 a year worse off.
People living in Wallasey, New Brighton, Moreton, Seacombe, Liscard and Leasowe are finding that, however hard they work, rising prices and falling wages mean their living standards have fallen.
And I’m increasingly hearing from people who are being forced to use their credit cards, their dwindling savings, or take out payday or doorstep loans if they need to buy anything beyond everyday items.
All of this is a direct result of a Tory Government that has presided over an economy that only works for a privileged few at the top but has failed everyone else. For five years, David Cameron has done nothing about it.
Over the coming weeks, I will be talking to people in Wirral about how Labour will tackle the cost-of-living crisis.
We will increase the National Minimum Wage and we will tackle rip-off energy suppliers. We will abolish the bedroom tax and we will introduce free extra child care for all three and four year olds to help working parents. The next Labour Government will also build more affordable housing and take on rip-off private landlords who have failed to provide decent homes for local people. Labour is committed to tackling the cost-of-living crisis created by David Cameron.While not promising the earth, all of these policies will go some way to help people and families across Wirral.