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Low-income voters could be a crucial force in the next general election, new research finds

LOW-INCOME voters could be a crucial force at the next general election, new research revealed today.

Nearly 60 per cent of low-income people who did not vote during the 2017 election say they are now planning to cast a ballot in the next one.

The findings emerged from analysis by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation of survey data on voter attitudes covering the last four years.

High levels of disillusionment, distrust and cynicism were recorded, with many people becoming suspicious at what they see as broken promises, neglect and not being listened to.

Most voters are looking for leaders who understand their lives, reflect their values and will tackle the issues that matter the most to them and their families, the foundation reported.

The promotion of local economic growth, training and job opportunities were some of the top policy proposals voters were looking for.

High levels of support for more secure tenancies in the private rented sector, extra social housing and higher benefits were also declared.

Labour’s shadow minister for voter engagement Cat Smith said demands for jobs and living standards were “not a surprise.”

“This government has presided over a decade of austerity and cuts to public services which have disproportionately impacted upon low-income households and families,” she said.

“They will understandably want their voice heard.

“I am proud that Labour is listening to these concerns and that a future Labour government will end austerity, abolish universal credit and the punitive sanctions regime and rebalance our economy so that it benefits the many not the few.”

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