MP CRITICISES TORY ECONOMIC PLANS after further rise in unemployment

jobcentre-plusToday’s Labour Market Statistics report has revealed that long term unemployment and youth unemployment is still rising in Denton and Reddish.

The report showed that Unemployment is higher than it was at the time of the election, and rising. Unemployment increased by 70,000 on the quarter to 2.56 million in the latest data, and is 91,000 higher than at the time of the election.

Both youth unemployment and long-term unemployment continued to increase. Youth unemployment increased by 20,000 on the month to 979,000.  Long-term unemployment increased to 900,000.

Research by the House of Commons Library also showed that wages are on average £1,700 lower than in May 2010, in real terms.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Here in Denton and Reddish long term unemployment is still up 30 % on the year, and long-term youth unemployment is up 50%.  It is getting clearer by the day that this government is letting down our area.

“We urgently need action to get local people into work. This is why Labour is calling for a compulsory jobs guarantee, which will get any adult out of work for more than two years, or young person out of work for a year, into a job – one they would be required to take.

“Denton and Reddish can’t wait any longer for action. Ministers must get off their hands and start helping now before they condemn a whole generation to joblessness.”

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said: 

“Three years on its now as clear the Government’s plan is failing, and failing badly. Not only are more people unemployed than at the election, it’s soaring up. Seventy thousand more people are now on the dole than last month, youth unemployment rose by 20,000 and long term unemployment rose yet again.”

“Yet just to add insult to injury this Government is slashing tax credits and child benefit but giving millionaires a tax cut. Families are £891 worse off because of tax and benefit changes and pay packets are now a whopping £1,700 smaller than at the last election. People have to work almost an extra month and a half to make what they did in 2010. Working people feel they’re going backwards because they are going backwards.”

“With the IMF warning George Osborne to change course and unemployment getting worse, it’s clear the time has come for a fresh approach. Ministers must now take the decisive action we need to get Britain working again starting with Labour’s compulsory jobs guarantee to get anyone out of work for more than two years back into a job; a job people must take or lose their benefits.”


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