There is new hope for hard-pressed tenants in Cambridge who would like greater security and more certainty over future rent-levels, says Cambridge Labour’s Parliamentary spokesperson Daniel Zeichner. The Labour Party has today published the second in a series of policy review documents looking at changes Labour will make to the rules around private rented homes.
Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Cambridge Labour Parliamentary spokesperson Daniel Zeichner says:
“The Chancellor remains in denial – however much he claims that he is “on the right track”, the facts speak otherwise. The truth is that the economy is going to contract again this year and that far from cutting borrowing, the Government is having to borrow more. People in Cambridge will be particularly disappointed that although four major road-schemes were announced, improvements to the A14 remains years away. His dash for gas undercuts key developments in renewable energy, and many people in the public services will contine to suffer real-terms pay cuts for years to come. But most striking is the abysmal failure of the Liberal Democrats to secure anything from the Chancellor. No mansion tax, a continuing hand-out to the wealthiest, and a mean-spirited cut for people relying on benefits. Instead of a plan for growth and jobs, Osborne is making the poorest and most vulnerable face real cuts in living standards, while handing over £100,000 to people earning over a million pounds a year. No plan for growth, no boost to demand, no change – we can look forward to yet more years when growth targets are revised downwards.”
Cambridge Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert remains unrepentant about the Lib Dem broken promises. Challenged on Radio Cambridgeshire by Daniel Zeichner, he declined to apologise for his pre-election promise of rail fare rises of 1% below inflation. As Mr Zeichner explained, rail fares went up 6% in January and are set to rise by another 6% next January.
A new survey of local authorities, published by Labour, reveals that Cambridgeshire is one of the most expensive places in the country for home care services, which help frail and vulnerable older and disabled people get up, washed, dressed and fed. The survey found that in Cambridgeshire, people pay £17.44 an hour, more than the Royal Borough of Windor and Maidenhead, much more than Norfolk (£14.62) and almost twice as much as in Liverpool (£9.70), while in Tower Hamlets home care is free.