Think about sort of society we want
The UK is currently facing the biggest housing crisis in a generation due to the Tory-led coalition's failed economic policies.
In the past 12 months, house building has fallen by nine per cent and at the same time, many simply cannot afford the spiralling costs of private rent or mortgages.
As a result, this has seen a sharp rise in statutory homelessness, which has risen by a third since the coalition came to power – a stark comparison to the former Labour Government's record, when homelessness fell by 70 per cent.
This means the very real and heartbreaking tale for many struggling families has been the high price of homelessness.
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Bed and breakfast accommodations has more than tripled since the last general election, with the number of families with children living in temporary accommodation going from 630 in March 2010, to 2,020 in September 2012.
Unemployment looks set to rise again in 2013 and even for those working, many are finding it an uphill battle to meet the ever- rising cost of living.
In short, the Government's austerity solution is failing.
They have chosen to cut deep and when those cuts don't work, they cut deeper still.
At the same time, they have rewarded the rich by cutting the 50p tax, while the poorest take a benefit cut and are branded as "scroungers".
This is why in the coming year, we need to urge this ruthless Government to re-think.
We should consider carefully what type of society we want to live in.
Do we want to live in a country where our neighbours are hurled into extreme poverty and homelessness, or should we be finding a feasible plan for future generations by focusing on creating decent jobs, apprenticeships and growth?
Our country needs to look to the future and invest in our industry, infrastructure, build affordable homes and better transport.
It is time to put the welfare of our communities first and fight this Government's cut throat plan, which simply isn't working.
JO MCCARRON B&NES Labour Party Campaigner Rudmore Park Bath