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Latest jobs figures show that Coalition Parties are letting down Sutton and Cheam

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Labour market figures released today show that local people are being let down by the Coalition parties, says Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam. She said:
“Here in Sutton long term unemployment is still unacceptably high. People who are 25 or over Claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) for more than two years has risen by 33% over the last 12 months.
“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.
“Whilst I welcome the overall fall in unemployment, productivity remains weak and wages remain flat, so the fragile recovery is vulnerable to inflationary pressures. Despite more people getting a job, there is a significant risk that the cost of living crisis will deepen for hardworking families on low pay, particularly if Interest Rates increase next year without comparable pay levels.”
Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to Labour Market Statistics, said:
"Average earnings have finally crept up above CPI inflation, though only when bonuses are included, and there is a huge amount of lost ground to catch up. Working people are now over £1,600 a year worse off than when David Cameron came to office and the link between the wealth of the nation and family finances remains broken. While the top one per cent have seen their share of national income rise over the last year, the bottom 90 per cent have seen theirs fall. It's totally out of touch for the Tories to try and claim the cost of-living crisis faced by hardworking Britain is suddenly over.
"Thousands of people in work are struggling to make ends meet because of the government's failure to make work pay and tackle the cost-of-living crisis. Since 2010 there has been a staggering sixty per cent increase in working people claiming housing benefit because they can't afford to pay their rent, costing taxpayers an extra £4.8 billion.
"The government should introduce Labour's Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get young people off benefits and into work. A Labour government will tackle the cost-of living crisis by freezing gas and electricity bills. And we'll make work pay by restoring the value of the national minimum wage and getting more employers to pay a living wage."


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