Pay has fallen further behind the rising cost of living, according the latest official data.
New statistics from the ONS show a record fall in wages, there has been a real-terms fall of 3% on the year.
· Families are being hammered by a cost of living catastrophe and yet the Government is nowhere to be found. This Zombie Government has no plan and is failing our country, people can't wait any longer for the Conservatives to play out their horror show leadership contest.
· Liberal Democrats are calling for energy bills to be frozen this winter and for Parliament to be recalled to put both plans into law.
While average wages rose 4.7% between April and June, that was outpaced by inflation - or price rises - which is growing at a much faster pace.
As a result, the "real value" of pay fell by 3%, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Household budgets are being hit by soaring energy bills as well as higher food and fuel costs.
· Now that progressive parties and charities are speaking with one voice to cancel the energy price hike using a windfall tax, the woeful response from Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak is even more outrageous.
· Soaring energy bills threaten to plunge millions into poverty this winter. It is a social catastrophe the likes of which we've not seen for decades, yet this out-of-touch Conservative government is failing to do anything to avoid it. It is a complete failure of leadership during this national crisis.
· The Government's dither and delay from this Prime Minister and any future Prime Minister is deeply damaging for pensioners and families across the country.
With our Brighton conference approaching (agenda and registration here), I've recently written the latest report back to conference on the Board's work. Here is a slightly expanded and updated version of that report.
The next general election
With a new Conservative Party leader nearly upon us, the range of plausible dates for the general election is wide open. As it now may well be much sooner than seemed likely at the time of our last conference, the Federal Board has been reviewing our general election plans.
Following a public consultation, Wiltshire Council has confirmed changes to some parking charges in the county will begin from 1 September.
The changes will see an extra 10p per hour per tariff added to all car parking charges in Wiltshire Council car parks; an inflationary increase to car park season tickets; the introduction of charges for Blue Badge holders in all council car parks; and the introduction of charging at Castle Combe car park.
Ed Davey is calling for October's energy price rise to be cancelled, with part of the cost covered by a windfall tax on the energy companies. Given that some of them are making quarterly profits larger than the GDP of some countries, that is entirely justifiable.
Under our plans, the 70% increase in the energy price cap expected to be announced by Ofgem later this month would be cancelled, with the Government instead paying the shortfall to energy suppliers so that they can afford to supply customers at the current rates. The party estimates that this would save a typical household an extra £1,400 a year.
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