The Labour Party should stop conning voters into believing that the cost of living has increased since they left office, according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.
A report published by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) crushes Ed Miliband’s claim that hard-working voters are worse off since Labour left Downing Street in 2010.
It shows inflation was almost double average wage rises between 2010 and 2013.
But the report, by leading economist Dr Tim Morgan, also reveals average salaries in Labour’s last three years of power – 2007 to 2010 – rose by 5.8%, while inflation was at 10%.
UKIP’s local MEP, Jonathan Arnott, said “There is a serious cost of living crisis across the UK which urgently needs to be addressed. However, the elephant in the room for the Labour Party, according to this new report, is that real living standards started to decline whilst Gordon Brown was Prime Minister.
“Labour have no idea how severely their ill thought through increases in green taxes throughout their time in power has effected pensioners and families throughout winter. In addition, it seems ludicrous to me that those who want to work hard, and manage to get a job on minimum wage, have to start paying income tax straight away.
“UKIP does not want to see anyone who earns the minimum wage pay a penny piece in income tax”.
CPS director, Tim Knox added “The deterioration in living standards is a clear consequence of Labour’s mismanagement of the economy”.