Monday, 16 October 2017

The most indebted place per capita in the country is Northampton at £749. Consumer debt in the UK has soared by almost 10% in the past year. Unsecured consumer credit topped £200bn in June, prompting the Bank of England to warn about the potential threat of growing debt to the economy. The average consumer debt per person in the UK stood at £603, while the average household debt was £1,441 at the end of 2016. This debt for local people is made of personal loans, overdrafts, credit cards and car loans. The rising cost of living as wages have stagnated has contributed to this as the extortionate cost of housing with many families having to downsize,  move out of town or access other helps such as food banks to manage. Northampton North needs a Labour candidate who understands the realities of what people are facing. The crippling impact of austerity has meant that public services aren’t meeting the needs of local people with these pressures.  I have been a part of the voluntary and community sector in Northampton over the last twenty-seven years which has tried to respond by the development of food and clothing banks and street kitchen. The most effective response is to get a Labour Government in to ensure better paid and more secure work. Managing a discrimination advice service, has given me first hand experience of the way that the move to pseudo-self employment and zero hours contracts have affected local people.

The Labour Party has launched a petition urging the government to rethink Universal Credit. You can sign it here.

Other things that you can do on this is to support the TUC  public rally to be held on October 21st, 12.00-14.00, Northampton Working Men's Club, 56 Sheep Street, NN1 2LZ.
Speakers include:
-          Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary
-          Lee Barron, TUC Midlands
-          Louise Regan, NEU President
-          Sara Carpenter, Unite Head of Health
-          Rachell Wilkins, GMB
-          Alan Hackett, NASUWT NEC
-          Gareth eales, CWU
-          Andrew Lloyd, PCS Regional Secretary
-          Penny Smith, Northants UNISON
Labour party members who have been members for more than 6 months get a vote. If you are in this fortunate position please support Anjona Roy’s campaign.
If you know other local Labour Party members please talk to them about Anjona Roy’s campaign
If you have friends and family that are not members please encourage them to join.
It’s our Labour Party and we’re campaigning for the many … Join us

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