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Labour: Falling wages show policies have 'badly failed'

David Cameron and George Osborne's economic policies have "badly failed over the last three years and working people are paying a heavy price," the shadow treasury minister has said.

The criticism from Cathy Jamieson comes in light of new figures released by the House of Commons showing that British workers' wages have suffered one of the sharpest falls in the European Union.

Figures released by the House of Commons show UK workers' wages have suffered a sharp fall in value Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The Kilmarnock & Loudoun MP said: "Despite out of touch claims by ministers, life is getting harder for ordinary families as prices continue rising faster than wages.

"Ministers keep talking about the global race, but when it comes to living standards it's clear we're losing."

Labour: Tax break won't help majority of families

Labour’s shadow Treasury minister has accused the Chancellor of "pandering to his backbenchers" and showing favouritism in his pledge to bring in a tax break for married couples.

The Chancellor has hinted that he will announce tax breaks for married couples in the Autumn Statement Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

In a statement, Cathy Jamieson said: "Millions of people who are separated, widowed or divorced, as well as married couples where both partners work and use all their personal allowance, won't get any help from this out of touch policy."

She added that the "minority" of people who are eligible for the tax breaks will see the benefits "far outweighed by what George Osborne has already taken away in tax rises and spending cuts".

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