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Redcar’s Labour candidate Anna Turley today (18th April 2014) spoke out about the growing personal debt crisis gripping Britain as research shows 2 in 5 Brits struggle to make it to payday and that millions are now taking out payday loans and debt management plans to cope with the cost of living and debt repayment. In the North East region it was 56% who said they were in personal financial difficulty.  

Speaking about the issue Anna said:
“Whilst George Osborne may be celebrating, the people of Redcar and Teesside are paying out of their own pockets for this Government’s so called recovery – with many getting into debt or spending all their rainy day money as a result. This new research from R3 shows 56% of us here often struggle to get to payday and that this is due to household bills like energy or rent, or repaying credit cards and payday loans.

“Many people have no savings and if interest rates rise or rents continue to go up we could see millions of families out on the street or becoming so called zombie debtors- paying just the interest not the capital on their debts – as they stuck in a spiral of debt from which they can never escape.

“That’s why it’s vital that we tackle the cowboys making money out of providing debt management advice and the legal loan sharks still profiting from these pressures. As well as action on our energy bills, I’m backing plans to get tough on debt management companies, to make sure people have access to good debt advice and alternative affordable finance. 

“Anyone here in Teesside worried about their debts or worried about debt in our community should get in touch to be part of our work tackling these issues- the Government may think they can ignore these problems but we are determined to tackle the zombies, sharks and cowboys head on!”

Anna called on her Lib Dem opponent in Redcar to support Labour’s amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill in Parliament to address the fees that debt management companies charge as well as pushing for a levy on payday lenders to pay for debt advice provision.

Anna Turley leads call to take on Teesside’s ‘Debt Cowboys’ as research shows more than half of the people in the North East struggle to make it to payday

Redcar’s Labour candidate Anna Turley today (18th April 2014) spoke out about the growing personal debt crisis gripping Britain as research shows 2 in 5 Brits struggle to make it...

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Redcar’s Labour Candidate, Anna Turley, joined campaigners on Redcar High Street on Saturday (5th April 2014) to raise awareness about the impact low pay is having on peoples' living standards across Teesside.

The campaign was organised by the Trades Union Congress and was part of a national series of over 90 events across England and Wales as part of Fair Pay Fortnight.

Local trade unionists and activists took to Redcar High Street to send a message to government and to employers that pay is not keeping pace with the cost of living and that it is having a damaging effect on peoples' standard of living.

Anna said: 
“Working people in the UK are seeing their living standards squeezed harder and harder every year. The cost of energy, food and housing is soaring but pay isn’t keeping up. On average, workers have lost more than £4,000 since 2009 and many people are trapped in low paid and insecure jobs or on zero-hours contracts.

“One in four people in the Redcar constituency are paid below the Living Wage, and that means families are finding it hard to make ends meet. People are working every hour to try and give their families a decent standard of living, but we are not seeing a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. The only real recovery is one in which ordinary working people share - and we are certainly not seeing that here.”

Campaigners Raise Awareness of Crisis in Pay Packets

Redcar’s Labour Candidate, Anna Turley, joined campaigners on Redcar High Street on Saturday (5th April 2014) to raise awareness about the impact low pay is having on peoples' living standards across Teesside.

Labour’s candidate for the Redcar constituency, Anna Turley, has today (3rd April 2014) welcomed the announcement that Labour will repeal the controversial Lobbying Act if the party wins the next election.

The ill-conceived legislation - dubbed the ‘gagging law’ by campaigners - will be replaced by real reform of the lobbying industry and moves to ensure transparency in elections and to protect freedom of speech. This would include a universal register of all professional lobbyists backed by a code of conduct and sanctions, and consult with charities and campaigners about the reforms that are needed.

Anna said:
“The gagging law was a direct attack on our democracy. It lets vested interest off the hook, whilst gagging charities and grassroots campaigners who want to hold the Government to account.

“When this legislation was going through Parliament – backed by Redcar’s Lib Dem MP - I received many emails and messages on social media from residents expressing their opposition to the gagging law. I believe our right to campaign on issues we care about must be protected, and this gagging law needs to be repealed.

“Labour have been clear from the start that we opposed this gag on charities and campaigners, which was introduced with little consultation. I’m very pleased that we have has pledged to repeal this act and carry out the real reforms our politics needs to regain the trust of the public.”

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Anna backs pledge to scrap the ‘gagging law’

Labour’s candidate for the Redcar constituency, Anna Turley, has today (3rd April 2014) welcomed the announcement that Labour will repeal the controversial Lobbying Act if the party wins the next...

“Latest Lib Dem hypocrisy over the controversial Bedroom Tax will provide little comfort for the 1, 844 people who have fallen victim to it in Redcar and Cleveland” claims Anna Turley, Labour candidate Redcar.

The comments came following reports that Lib Dem president, Tim Farron, will withdraw his party's support for the bedroom tax.

Anna added:
“This latest intervention amounts to little more than a desperate party trying to distance itself from a policy they helped introduce – and have backed continuously in other votes – as they begin to realise the devastating impact it has on individuals as well as local communities.

“This Lib Dem flip-flopping – and it must be noted that elections are just around the corner - will not change that. It is insulting to local people if they think we will believe a word they say when all they have is a history of betrayal and propping up the Tories.

“The cruel Bedroom Tax continues to push families in Redcar – already facing a cost of living crisis - further into debt. For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people the most through no fault of their own.

“Under this government housing benefit bills are rising, not falling and the Bedroom Tax has forced thousands into rent arrears and to rely on food banks to survive.

 “The Bedroom Tax is cruel and unfair and risks costing more than it saves. The Lib Dems voted to introduce and to keep it in place every time Labour tried to scrap it. This is pure Lib Dem hypocrisy and only a Labour government will scrap the Bedroom Tax.”

‘Farron’s words ring hollow’ over Bedroom Tax

“Latest Lib Dem hypocrisy over the controversial Bedroom Tax will provide little comfort for the 1, 844 people who have fallen victim to it in Redcar and Cleveland” claims Anna...

The decision by the Government and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to ignore calls for a ban on payday loan advert being aired on children’s TV has been described as a “slippery slope to the normalisation of payday loans for future generations”.

The comments came from Labour’s candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley, who highlighted figures from broadcast regulator Ofcom that showed children aged 4-15 saw 596 million payday loan adverts in 2012, up from three million in 2008. This meant the average child saw 70 payday loan adverts. With lenders in the sector often charging exploitative interest rates in excess of 5,000% APR, costs quickly add up if a repayment is missed and can lead to serious financial problems.

Anna said:
“Now that it looks unlikely that the Government will take this simple action to protect children from an industry that is not above using imagery that could easily leave a lasting impression on a child. We’ve seen this through the use of cartoons, puppets and other animated characters to sell their product.

“It’s a slippery slope to the normalisation of payday loans if they are presented to children in such an entertaining and dubious way. We don't allow gambling firms to advertise during children's TV and we don't allow junk food to be advertised during children's TV, we shouldn't allow it for payday lenders either. The Government are completely misguided if they think allowing such practices doesn’t pose a very serious problem.

“I am pleased that Labour has been putting pressure on the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) to draw up codes regulating adverts in the same way as gambling and to match restrictions on alcohol advertising aimed at children. But if they fail to do that, then we will legislate for it should we win the General Election next year.”

A ‘slippery slope into the normalisation of payday loan ads for future generations’

The decision by the Government and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to ignore calls for a ban on payday loan advert being aired on children’s TV has been described as...


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