TUC bus tour highlights austerity

The TUC is launching a bus tour of the country aimed at highlighting the effects of the Government's austerity programme on workers and families.

The Austerity Uncovered bus will start from Dudley in the West Midlands and visit towns and cities across the country until the end of the month.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
The union organisation said it will gather information from food banks, unemployed centres, charities, companies and voluntary organisations.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The Government's economic policies are not working. Growth is virtually non-existent, unemployment remains stubbornly high and millions of working people are struggling to make ends meet as wages fall but prices go on rising.

"In towns and cities across the UK, the household finances of low and middle income earners are under huge pressure. As local services are cut and families see their benefits changed, frozen or taken away entirely, it's not surprising that most ordinary people believe they are paying the price for a crisis they did nothing to cause.

"Over the next two weeks the TUC will be out and about in many communities, urging people to come forward and tell us their stories of how austerity is causing such pain to them, their families and their friends.

"So far the Government has refused to change its economic course and we can but hope that the heart-breaking stories which I'm sure our tour will reveal might just start to persuade ministers that the time has come to abandon austerity and put jobs and growth centre stage."

The Wales TUC and Scottish TUC will hold their own tours, while unions will also hire buses as part of the initiative.

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TUC bus tour highlights austerity
St Albans come in second on the list with a total income tax bill of £10,900 per person.
Windsor and Maidenhead came third with a total income tax bill of £10,200 per person.
The Surrey town of Guildford was fourth on the list with a total income tax bill of £9,830 per person.
England's capital city came fifth with a total income tax bill of £8,580 per person.
Wokingham has a total income tax bill of £7,490 per person. Putting it in sixth place.
Dacorum in Hertfordshire comes in joint sixth place with a total income tax bill of £7,490 per person.
The leafy towns of Reigate and Banstead have a total income tax bill of £7,000 per person.
Tonbridge and Malling take joint seventh spot with a total income tax bill of £7,000 per person.
Wycombe comes last in the top ten with a total income tax bill of £6,820 per person.

A small corner of leafy Surrey has taken the top spot in the league table of the highest income tax bills per person. Residents of Elmbridge pay an astonishing £1.18 billion in income tax every year. That puts a number of the major cities in the shade.
The leafy towns of Esher, Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames are filled with mansions, private estates, country clubs, golf courses, and riversides packed with millionaires. The proximity of Chelsea's training ground in Cobham has also brought well-paid sportsmen to the area.

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