Only Labour can save the NHS and deliver a recovery that works for all – my guest column in the Sunday People

For more than four years prices have risen much faster than wages. It’s happened month after month since the Tories and Lib Dems came to office.

Now this week figures showed wages rising faster than inflation – by just 0.1%.

At this rate it would take more than seven years simply to catch up all the lost ground under this government.

Yet Iain Duncan Smith calls the numbers “remarkable”.

How out of touch can you get?

The fact is working people are still over £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories. Millionaires have been given a huge tax cut but millions still aren’t feeling the recovery.

So as Ed Miliband said this week, we need big changes to create an economy that works for the many and not just a few at the top.

That means a different plan to the Tories.

Labour’s economic plan will make work pay – raising the ­minimum wage to £8 an hour and ­expanding free childcare for working parents.

We’ll introduce tough and fair ­immigration controls and scrap the Bedroom Tax which this newspaper has led the campaign against.

And we’ll create more good jobs, boost apprenticeships, cut business rates for small firms and get 200,000 new homes built every year.

Our plan will also balance the ­nation’s books, but in a fairer way.

So we’ll reverse the £3billion-a-year tax cut the Tories have given to people earning over £150,000.

Government ministers will have their pay cut by 5% and their pay will be frozen until we’ve ­balanced the books.

Child benefit rises will be capped at 1% for two years and we’ll cut the winter fuel allowance for the richest 5% of pensioners.

And we’ll close tax loopholes and tax the most expensive properties to pay for more nurses and doctors in our NHS.

After more than four years of David Cameron, working people are worse off and our NHS is going backwards.

Labour’s plan will save our health service and ­deliver a recovery that works for the many. That’s the big choice at next year’s election.

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Posted November 16th, 2014 by Ed