A RECENT report by Consumer Focus says 13.5 million Britons live in households with incomes under 60 per cent of the national average.

They aren’t just unemployed people, 60 per cent of the poorest are in employment.

Every day 1,200 people are forced to have pre-payment meters installed because they can’t afford gas and electricity bills.

Personal budgets for social care are transferring services to private companies.

Private companies are now starting to run GP practices.

They already run some prison and schools.

Private companies use tax havens to avoid tax. Bankers and care homes provide shocking examples of the damage private companies can do. Stop the cuts and stop the privatisation.

Tom Hodgson, Darlington.