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Labour Party Conference 2014: The Great British Rip Off

The government claims Britain’s economy is in recovery, but with the gap between the rich and the poor widening and living standards plummeting for most  – whose recovery is it?

Working people struggling to make ends meet are certainly not feeling the benefits. Real wages have fallen so far that now, for the first time, the majority of those living in poverty are in work. Low wages, as well as rip-off rents, energy bills and transport fares, have led to a cost of living crisis. The Coalition Government is cutting public services like social care and affordable housing instead of boosting the economy and creating decent jobs.

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class), Unionstogether and the Trade Union Group of MPs (TUG)  are collaborating on a series of regional Great British Rip Off events to discuss the living standards crisis and the steps that you think should be taken to address it. This event at Labour Party Conference marks the culmination of this series and will see the launch of our pamphlet on the cost of living crisis.

The cost of living will be the battleground on which next year’s General Election is won or lost, so now is the perfect time for working people to influence the debate and help shape party manifestos.

Speakers include:

  • Christine Blower - General Secretary of the NUT
  • Manuel Cortes - General Secretary of the TSSA, National TULO Committee
  • Ian Lavery MP - Chair of the Trade Union Group of MPs
  • Jack Monroe - Journalist and food poverty campaigner
  • Lisa Nandy MP - Shadow Minister for Civil Society, Labour MP for Wigan

Refreshments will be provided.