Delyn MP David Hanson has called for new action to boost the North Wales economy after new government figures have revealed that Flintshire is falling behind the rest of the UK when it comes to Disposable Income.
Local MP David Hanson said the new figures highlighted why many people in Flintshire continue to face difficulties with high living costs even though unemployment has been improving. The figures from the Office of National Statistics showed Flintshire was behind the rest of the UK when it comes to Disposable Income with the administrative area Flintshire and Wrexham having a Gross Disposable Income of £15,014, below the UK average of £16,791.
The statistics for Flintshire and Wrexham place it the 7th lowest in Wales, putting Flintshire behind Monmouthshire and Newport, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and Conwy and Denbighshire. However, all are behind the UK average, with London well above the UK average with dispensable income of £21,446.
Speaking about the figures, David Hanson MP said:
“These figures show that people in Flintshire are not feeling the effects of the recovery and explain why they’re still experiencing a cost of living crisis. Any recovery after four years of no growth is welcome, but it’s clear that it’s not putting money in people’s pockets and isn’t spread evenly across the UK.
The Conservative led government had the opportunity to outline how it would help people in Flintshire with the cost of living crisis through the Queen’s speech but yet again failed to do so. Since 2010 people have seen their wages fall by £1600, so we need new government action to support our community and reducing the cost of living by making work pay and freezing energy prices instead of the complacency of the coalition.”