The Tories have spent the past seven years giving the super-rich tax breaks worth tens of billions, while working people’s wages are still lower than before the economic crash and families are set to be on average over £1,400 a year worse off by 2020. It’s time to vote for change.
Here’s how a Labour government could improve
the lives of people in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.
Cost of living
- 18% of jobs in the South East pay less than the living wage. Labour’s plan to introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour by 2020 will boost pay for 624,000 low paid jobs in the South East.
- 5,500 working people in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton could see their in-work support reduced by up to £2,600 a year because of Tory cuts to Universal Credit. Labour will reverse these cuts, boosting in-work support for millions of working families across the country.
- The Tories have left 3,306 households across Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in fuel poverty, and most are almost £900 worse off, due to increased energy bills since 2010. Labour will cap costs and invest in new publicly owned energy provision.
- The Tories’ unfair Bedroom Tax is hitting 310 people in Bognor Regis And Littlehampton. Labour will scrap it.
- Labour’s plan to raise Carer’s Allowance will benefit 991 carers in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton by more than £500 a year.
- 137,000 people in the South East are working on a zero-hours contract, up by 26% between 2015 and 2016. Labour will legislate so that workers have flexible guaranteed hours.
- 27,489 pensioners in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton will be better off under Labour’s plan to keep the ‘triple lock’ on state pensions over the lifetime of the next parliament, so that they are uprated by the higher of average earnings, inflation or 2.5 per cent.
- See our post on how Labour would deliver the best Brexit for Sussex.
Education and childcare
- Under the Tories, West Susses schools already receive one of the lowest levels of pupil funding in the country, and school budgets are being cut even further.
- Labour will focus on what matters most in our schools: reducing class sizes and driving up teaching standards.
- We will stand up for children and young people by introducing universal free school meals for primary school children, funded by introducing VAT on private school fees.
- We will abolish tuition fees and reintroduce an Education Maintenance Allowance and maintenance grants for students from low and middle income backgrounds.
- The cost of a part-time nursery place for a child under two in the South East has risen by 29per cent since 2010. Labour will open up universal childcare.
- There are 644 fewer police officers in Sussex than in 2010.
- There are 181 fewer PCSOs in Sussex than in 2010.
- In Sussex crime has risen by 9 per cent over the last year.
- In Sussex violent offences are up 17 per cent in the last year.
- Labour invested in policing. There were 96 more police officers in Sussex in 2010 than in 1997.
- Labour introduced 377 PCSOs to help protect neighbourhoods in Sussex.
- With Labour, police recorded crime fell 23 per cent in Sussex between 1997 and 2010.
- Labour will increase police numbers and make communities feel safer again.
Local Government funding
Councils have had their government funding cut by 40 per cent thanks to Tory austerity measures. Under the Tories, by 2020 Arun local authority will have £44.95 less to spend per household than in 2010.
- Council tax is set to be 25 per cent higher by the end of the decade than in 2015.
- Tory councils charge more in council tax than Labour areas. Where the Tories control the local council, households pay on average £336 more in council tax per year than those in Labour areas.
Housing – rents
- Under the Tories, average private rents have reached almost £800 per month and continue to rise – an average of almost £1,700 more a year than in 2010.
- The 7,774 private renting households in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton local authority are being failed by the Tories. Labour will deliver a consumer rights revolution for private renters.
Find out more
Download information on Alan Butcher, Labour MP candidate for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, here.