Labour MP Bill Esterson says true unemployment figures reveal To

Bill Esterson



Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the latest employment figures do not give the full picture of Sefton's long-term jobless and those who are struggling to make ends meet this Christmas.

Bill said more must be done to help the long-term unemployed and younger people get back into employment.

The latest labour market statistics reveal that 2,210 people in Sefton had been claiming Jobseekers' Allowance for more than 12 months up to November.

Bill said: "No where near enough is being done to get the long-term unemployed back into work. It is nothing short of a scandal that 2,210 people from right here in Sefton have been claiming JSA for more than 12 months.

"It is equally scandalous that nearly 2,000 young people in Sefton aged between 18-24 are claiming JSA.

"These people don't want to be on benefits. They want to be in employment paying their way. But they are being let down by this Tory-Lib Dem Government. The Tories and Lib Dems are consistently failing to tackle the problem of long-term and youth unemployment, in exactly the same way the Thatcher Government failed a generation in the 1980s.

"This Tory-Lib Dem Government's failings are hitting every single person in Sefton.

"Far too many people are having to take on multiple jobs to just make ends meet. Far too many people forced to take part-time jobs or accept zero hours contracts. Far too many are having to rely on foodbanks, many of whom are in work. That is why we have seen a tenfold increase in the number of people relying on foodbanks.

"It is also why many working people are turning to payday loan companies and why there is a demand for debt counselling services.

"These are just some of the failings of this Tory-Lib Dem Government. And that is why there are far too many people here in Sefton who will not be having a merry Christmas."

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