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We need a banking system that helps small businesses says Dr Matt Lamb, Wyre Forest Labour

Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest, Dr Matt Lamb, has welcomed the announcement by Ed Miliband to reform Britain's banking system.

The next Labour Government will bring in a legal threshold to ensure no bank can get too big and that the market remains competitive for the long-term. Labour will improve the amount of lending to small businesses, improve the service to all customers and create new banks that will work for the communities they serve.

Britain’s banking system is dominated by just four banks that control 85 per cent of small business lending. Labour believes that this lack of competition is a root cause of poor service, a breakdown of trust and a massive drop of £56bn in lending to business since May 2010.

Labour argues that Part of the reason we rely too much on low paid, insecure work is that the small firms that could create the good, high paying jobs of the future can’t get the finance they need to grow both themselves and our economy.

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest, Dr Matt Lamb says:

"People in Wyre Forest are facing the worst cost of living crisis in a generation.

Prices are soaring, wages are falling, working people are £1,600 per year worse off and small businesses are struggling to access the finance they need to grow. Yet David Cameron continues to demonstrate how out of touch he is with the struggles millions are facing and is determined to operate our economy as business as usual.

I’m delighted that Labour has made firm plans to help people struggling with the rising cost of living, such as our pledge to freeze energy bills until 2017. But as important as this pledge is, it only helps to deal with the consequences of our current economic state, and not the symptoms.

The Tory-led Government has failed to make the long-term changes needed to build a new economy that works for everyone and not just a few at the top.

The Tories won’t build a new economy that can tackle the cost of living crisis. They are determined to cling on to the old economy in a global race to the bottom. They think low wages, low skills and insecure work is the way to take Britain forward in the hope that some of the wealth will trickle down from the top.

If we’re serious about dealing with the cost of living crisis and winning the race to the top with countries like China and India, then we need to build a new economy that works for everyone, and that means dealing with one of Britain’s broken markets: our banking system that works for banks but not for businesses and families.

We need to support small and medium sized enterprises in Wyre Forest so they can grow our economy for the future and that means promoting a wider range of banks that have to compete harder with each other for customers.
Under a Labour Government, small businesses will have a better chance of getting the support they need to grow, employ more people at decent wages and help Britain earn its way to better living standards for everyone."

Dr Matt Lamb Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest

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