A shopper cried as she spoke of her sadness at struggling on the minimum wage.
She works as a cleaner and says she cannot afford to live after she's paid her rent.
The woman was one of many interviewed by Granada Reports presenter Lucy Meacock at the Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington.
As part of Granada Reports 2015 election coverage, ITV News polled North West viewers about the issues which would decide which way they would vote.
Granada Reports is broadcasting a series of live shows ahead of May 7 on the future of the NHS, the cost of living and immigration but the first is the economy. Anchored from the Omega Business Park in Warrington, Lucy went into the town to gauge some views.
The Granada Reports team was at the Golden Square Shopping Centre in the town centre and spoke to dozens of viewers, fittingly enough, on Budget Day.
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Earlier this month we spoke to George Osborne about his plan for the North West.
Today - the man who wants to replace him - set out his vision.
THE PRESENTER'S VIEW
Granada Reports' Lucy Meacock chaired the debate - this is her blog
It was a great idea. Take 80 teenagers from schools across the North West, add four of our leading politicians and debate some of the big issues of our time.
There was a real sense of excitement as everyone arrived at the People’s Museum in Manchester.
The museum pays tribute to the Chartists and Suffragettes - the people who fought so hard for everyone to have the right to vote. The North West has always led the way when it comes to our democratic process. It was the perfect setting to make sure we heard views from the voters of the future.
They came from Liverpool, Bolton and Manchester and were ushered into the room where we were filming the debate. It’s pretty daunting to see all the cameras and have a microphone thrust into your hand. So before filming when I started the warm up no one wanted to be the first to speak.
But make no mistake there is huge interest in politics here. Ignore the young voter at your peril. Once they started asking the questions there was no stopping them!
Our audience was made up of teenagers who want to be scientists, lawyers, politicians or journalists - but most of them remain undecided about their future careers
They thought the biggest issues were the economy and jobs, their biggest concern was finding satisfying work that pays a decent wage in the future. Their other main concern was the National Health Service - they all agreed it should remain free to anyone who needs medical treatment.
There were some great moments – When North West MEP Sajjad Karim told us why it was important for jobs and the economy that we stayed in the EU the complete opposite of the view from John Bickley (UKIP).
And when Mr Karim asked how many people wanted to see the NHS remain free to everyone who needs it - he got a resounding yes.
Lisa Nandy for Labour told them seeing people sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester inspired her to go into politics and when Lord Mike Storey for the Lib Dems, a former head teacher and former leader of Liverpool City Council said if he had his time over he wasn’t sure he would go into politics again.
John Bickley for UKIP told them how important it was to vote and if you don’t like any of the parties and what they’re saying go and form one of your own.
To find out more about the People's History Museum in Manchester, click here
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