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Latest jobs figures shows the Government is letting down Sutton and Cheam

Wednesday 11 June 2014

 

“Here in Sutton and Cheam long term unemployment is still unacceptably high, having increased 33% over the last year”:

Says Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam.

Continuing, she said:

“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.

“Sutton and Cheam can’t wait any longer for action. Paul Burstow and his ministerial colleagues must get off their hands and start helping now before they condemn a whole generation to joblessness.”

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today's Labour Market Statistics, said:

"While this fall in overall unemployment is welcome, working people are over £1,600 a year worse off than when David Cameron came to office and pay has fallen behind inflation.

"Thousands of people who work hard are struggling to make ends meet because of the government's failure to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and make work pay. That’s led to a staggering 60 per cent increase in the number of working people claiming housing benefit because they can't afford their rent, costing taxpayers an estimated £4.8 billion.

"The government should restore the value of the national minimum wage, get more employers to pay a living wage, extend free childcare provision, freeze gas and electricity bills and get the next generation into work with apprenticeships and a compulsory jobs guarantee.”

 

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