Labour’s Communities and Local Government Minister launched a Cost of Living survey at a not-for-profit café in Reading on Monday 14th April.
Hilary Benn joined Reading West parliamentary candidate Victoria Groulef at Café Couture to talk to customers about the costs of childcare, energy bills and rents.
Working families in the South East are on average over £2,000 a year worse off since 2010 and problems with paying the bills is one of the issues that keeps coming up on the doorstep.
Victoria Groulef said: “I’m delighted Hilary Benn could join us in Reading West to launch this survey. I keep hearing from people about how the cost of living crisis is affecting them but this survey will allow us to get a better idea of the extent of the impact.
“Last week Ed Miliband announced that the next Labour government will build a highly skilled, higher wage economy. This will mean more jobs in skilled construction trades, better quality jobs in health and caring professions and more growth in the technology sector.
“But this can’t be just imposed from Westminster – real change needs local people to make the difference and create the jobs we need. That’s the key reason why we're talking to people about the issue and why we’re launching the survey as we need to find out what the barriers are for local people.”