Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara criticises the Government for lack of action to help long-term unemployed

Job centre queueBarbara has criticised the Conservative-led Government for lack of action, after figures released yesterday show that long-term unemployment has increased sharply within Salford since the General Election in 2010.

New data released by the Office of National Statistics has revealed that long-term unemployment – joblessness for longer than a year – has increased by 41% in Worsley and Eccles South since the General Election.

There are now 15 people chasing each vacancy in the constituency. This figure has risen by 80% since the election and is three times higher than the national average. 

Barbara said:

“Being jobless for more than a year can make it harder to get a job in the future as well as having an impact on people’s confidence and health. The Conservative-led Government’s policies are failing those hundreds of people locally who are looking for work.

We have a Prime Minister who is out of touch with people’s lives and a Chancellor who should be focussing on creating jobs and growth rather than pushing failed economic policies which have caused a Double-Dip recession. Labour’s policy is to ensure a job for six months for young people aged 18 to 24 who have been jobless for a year, paid for by a tax on banker’s bonuses.”


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