Ann McKechin: Tories out of touch, Labour is listening
OVER the last two weeks, Westminster has been debating the Tory/Libdem Coalition Government new proposals in this year's Queens Speech.
But don't look for this programme to offer any of the changes we desperately need. For someone looking for a job, for a business looking for finance to invest or for a family whose living standards are being squeezed, this speech offers no hope.
The Government promised recovery, but they delivered recession, we have the worst levels of unemployment in 16 years and the first double dip recession for 37 years.
They said we were all in this together, but they instead asked millions to pay more so millionaires could pay less.
David Cameron and George Osborne have helped the bankers who wanted their big bonuses. And funnily enough, one of the biggest beneficiaries of their flagship policy to cut Corporation Tax is our Banks.
It also puts into question the priorities of the SNP led Scottish Government who wants to cut company taxes even further.
This Tory-led Government, with its Liberal Democrat prop, has helped those who don't need help.
They have helped the millionaires with a tax cut worth tens of thousands of pounds in the Budget.
But they have not helped families feeling the squeeze - because it is too close to the rich and powerful and out of touch with everyone else.
Millions in the middle are being forced to pay more in tax. Pensioners are being forced to pay more in tax. There is even a new tax that will hurt charities.
Many families are losing their working tax credits and in some cases facing a income cut of £3000+, making some of them better off on benefits
I know from talking to my constituents that rising energy bills, transport costs and the childcare trap of getting back into work are the real concerns facing them. The fact that the Queen's Speech had absolutely nothing to say about these issues speaks volumes about who this Government really care about.
Families across Glasgow need people who speak up for their worries and concerns. I was delighted with the results of this month's Council elections. Glasgow Labour had clear pledges about childcare provision, increasing access for three year olds across the city and they know that to keep the economy moving we need to ensure childcare is given the priority it deserves
This Queen's Speech should include measures like this that would help families immediately by addressing the cost of living crisis, tackling rip-off prices and creating real jobs.
I would like to see a fair deal on tax and a reversal of the tax cuts for people earning over £150,000 a year. It's just not fair when so many people are struggling to reach the end of the month on their pay cheques. And I want to see a job guarantee for those who have been out of a job for more than 12 months.
I would also like to see a fair deal on energy and a break up the dominance of the Big Six power companies. Energy bills are extremely high with gas prices set to rise again and the Government does not seem to be doing anything to tackle rising costs.
The focus of any government should be on those who need help most and on securing growth to provide jobs and prosperity.
This Queen's Speech is a real waste of an opportunity to do so.
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