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Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has expressed concern over job figures published this week by the Coalition Government. Ms Brothers said:
“Here in Sutton and Cheam long term unemployment is still unacceptably high at 787, with 210 people out of work for a year or more. This Tory and Lib Dem Government are still letting down people in Sutton.
“We urgently need action to get local people into work. This is why I’m 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.
“People in Sutton 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.”
Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the latest Labour Market Statistics, said:
“The fall in overall unemployment is welcome, but working people are still £1,600 a year worse off since 2010, showing the Tory plan is failing.
“After five years of David Cameron the number of people paid less than a Living Wage has risen by 44 per cent and nearly half of all the new jobs created have been in low paid sectors. Its five years of Tory failure on low pay.
“Labour's better plan for working families will raise the minimum wage to at least £8 an hour before 2020 and give tax rebates to firms who pay a Living Wage. A Labour government will create more well paid and secure jobs, build more homes, extend free childcare for working families and guarantee apprenticeships for everyone who gets the grades.”

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