South Ribble has seen a bigger fall in wages than almost anywhere else in England since 2010, according to the district’s Labour parliamentary candidate Veronica Bennett.
Miss Bennett claimed that a “shocking” document from the Office of National Statistics laid bare the scale of cuts to incomes, with South Ribble one of the hardest hit.
Despite wages increasing in some parts of the country, sheclaims the average full-time worker in South Ribble was now £78 a week worse off than when the Government came to power in 2010, leaving the area with a wage drop averaging more than £5,000 in three years. In 2012, weekly income for women working full time fell by 14.5 per cent - the worst in the North West and one of the 10 worst in the country.
“These statistics are a stark reminder that while Tory ministers talk about economic growth for the wealthiest, South Ribble is getting one of the worst deals in the country,” she said.
“Behind the statistics are ordinary working men and women falling foul of a wage gap which is widening twice as fast as in the 1980s.
“Together with rising costs in housing, childcare and energy bills, we’re reaching the point where working people can’t cover the basic daily cost of living. When wages haven’t just stalled but have fallen so shockingly, tax cuts for millionaires are an insult. In this constituency, this is not a recovery - it’s a crisis.”