UKIP Mid-Ulster Westminster candidate Alan Day has pledged to tackle low wages & fuel poverty if elected to Westminster.
Mr Day stated:
“Recent reports have shown that average wages in parts of rural Northern Ireland are as low as £16,000. Mid-Ulster is a particular hotspot for minimum wage jobs. UKIP proposals to lift anyone on the minimum wage out of the tax system will help struggling families but more must be done to improve pay & to bring quality jobs to the area. “
“Furthermore, Age Sector Platform have revealed 42% of Northern Ireland homes are in fuel poverty – the highest in the UK. Once again the Northern Ireland only parties by failing to engage in UK wide Unionism & national UK politics have let down Northern Ireland. I echo calls for the warm home discount scheme to be extended to Northern Ireland, which provides the poorest pensioners with £140 off their annual energy bill.”
“Lastly UKIP aim to tackle high energy costs by opposing green taxes, opposing expensive & unsightly wind farms (including the proposed development in the Sperrins) & seeking tax cuts on fuel including petrol.’