A TOP Labour chief has warned of the cost of living affecting hard working residents in a visit to a Burton food bank today.
Michael Dugher MP, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, visited the Salvation Army food bank, in Mosley Street today, with Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Burton, Jon Wheale and the new Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, Julian Mott.
The men spoke to Major Jane Morris, of the Salvation Army who gave them a tour of the food cupboards, as well as door-stepping residents to discuss the cost of living crisis.
Mr Dugher said: “What we are seeing across the whole country is that the number of people relying on food banks has doubled in the last year.
“We are the 7th richest economy and we are seeing double the amount of food banks in 2014. Most people think the country can do better than this
“From door knocking, we have spoken to working families who are really feeling the squeeze.”
Asked how Labour intend to solve the problem should they be voted into power at the next election, the MP said: “We would freeze energy bills until 2017, saving families £300 a year and for small businesses that is £1,800 a year.”
The shadow minister has been on the road all week and said he has been most struck by how the cost of living crisis is impacting on people in work as he has discovered from Burton residents today.
Stopping off at the Salvation Army, he praised the volunteers saying: “They doing a brilliant job here, they are doing it for no gain for themselves.”
He also had praise for the borough council’s new leader, Julian Mott, who rose the ranks after the Conservative’s Tory rebels ousted their own leader.
“Julian is really hard in fighting for Burton. That is in contrast to the Conservatives who are fighting amongst themselves not for the benefit of Burton residents
“It is a damning indictment on the conservative councillors that their own members are walking away from them.”