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“Pockets of poverty in Warrington North” – Green Party claim

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MANY people in Warrington are struggling to make ends meet – even if they are working.
Homelessness, social isolation and desperation are faced by many – and it is usually the most vulnerable who are affected, according to Lyndsay McAteer, Green Party candidate for Warrington North.
Austerity has led to massive gaps in income and wealth and in some pockets of Warrington North, poverty and social exclusion are prevalent, she says.
“Across the UK, almost one in three children are growing up in poverty. Many people are left behind and forgotten about as our divided society leaves countless victims in its wake,” she added.
“There are many people in Warrington that are struggling to make ends meet. Many of these people are working. Some are on zero hours contracts and some are on low or minimum wage. There has been a massive increase in the use of foodbanks. Universal Credit and a benefits system that is not fit for purpose have enabled this to happen.
“The whole system needs a complete over-haul. The Green Party would scrap Universal Credit and introduce a Universal Basic Income for everyone. This would lift people out of poverty and ensure that everyone has financial security. In addition, the Green New Deal would create new jobs in renewable energy, transport and land management.
“It’s imperative that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Green Party wants all of us to be able to reach our true potential.”

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