According to recent figures, Plymouth has the worst rate of individual insolvencies in the country. In Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, insolvencies have reached the highest levels since records began in 2002, with 45.6 per 10,000 adults claiming bankruptcy. In 2018, 829 new individual insolvencies took place across Plymouth.
Overall, individual insolvencies in the UK are at their highest level since 2010. More than 115,000 people across the country were pushed over the financial cliff edge in 2018. And with numbers already reaching over 93,000 in the first three quarters of 2019, TUC predicts this year will see even more people pushed to the financial brink.
Luke Pollard seeking re-election as MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
“On December 12, you have the chance to elect a government who will fight for the working family. A decade of Tory austerity has pushed people deep into debt and despair. The Conservative government have prioritised the wealthy at the expense of the hard working family. The working person in the South West has lost £17,093 over the last 11 years. That’s £43.05 less per week for people who work in Plymouth. This is unacceptable; people in Plymouth deserve better than rising debt and low-paid jobs. I am so proud that Labour has pledged to introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour for every working person.
I promised to be Plymouth’s voice in Parliament when you elected me in 2017, and that is what I have been. I have spoken in Parliament about our city seven times more than Plymouth’s other MPs combined. I led the campaign to get Plymouth Sound designated as the nation’s first National Marine Park. I fought tooth and nail to get the Grenfell-style cladding removed from the three Mount Wise tower blocks. I, along with my fantastic team of caseworkers, helped recoup over £600,000 for the people of Plymouth in overpaid taxes, lost benefits and withheld support. Thursday, December 12, vote Luke, vote Labour.”
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