Bill Esterson: New unemployment figures for Sefton show Tory-Lib

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said new figures for number of people claiming Job Seekers' Allowance in Sefton showed that the Tory-Lib Dem Government's economic policies were failing young people in Sefton.

The MP said the fact that nearly 2,000 young people were still claiming Job Seekers' Allowance was a scandal - highlighting the failings of the Tory-Lib Dem Government's economic policies.

And he said that the number of long term unemployed was of great concern.

Bill said: "The Tories and their Lib Dem partners have set this country, and our region, back and the number of young people and long term unemployed shows that just that.

"When the last Labour Government left office, we were leading the way in getting our economy back on track after the global backing crisis of a few years earlier. That recovery stopped when the Tories and Lib Dems came together to form a government.

"When they joined together, their policies set us back. And people under the age of 24 are suffering as a result in particular.

“We have seen a long delay in the recovery which has led to a north-south divide, where the regions in the south are benefiting from the government's policies at the expense of the regions in the north. 

"And even though the number of jobs has increased, many of these jobs are part time or zero hours contracts, which means people are still really struggling. That of course is why we have see a tenfold increase in the number of people relying on foodbanks including many people who are in work. It is also why many working people are turning to payday loan companies and why there is a demand for debt counselling services.

"We are seeing people throughout the country struggling to cope with a cost of living crisis created in Downing Street and affecting every street here in Sefton.

"On average, working people are more than £1,600 a year worse off under this out-of-touch government."

The figures reveal that the long-term unemployment rate among 18-24 year olds is not showing signs of improvement, with nearly 2,000 still claiming the benefit.
They also show there are still 34% of the 6,798 that have been in receipt of the benefit for more than 12 months.

Bill said the figures revealed that the Tories and Lib Dems were completely failing the area's younger people and the long term unemployed.

Bill said: "As well as failing to tackle the crippling rise in the cost of living, which is affecting working people and job seekers alike, one of the biggest failings of this government is their absolute failure to help younger people.

"It is an absolute scandal that nearly 2,000 people in Sefton aged between 18-24 are still claiming JSA. And this is a statistic that is mirrored in boroughs throughout the North West.

"It is a scandal that the government's policies are failing to help those who have been unemployed for more than 12 months.

"If there hasn't been a reduction in the number of younger people or the long-term unemployed claiming JSA, it shows that the Tory-Lib Dem Government's economic policies are not working for our young and for a large number of people in our communities. 

"It's another example of how this government is in danger of doing as the Thatcher government did in the Eighties, leaving a generation on the economic scrap heap."


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