Latest jobs figures shows the Government is letting down our area

“The number of long term (over 12 months) unemployed in Southend West stands at 205, and whilst this is down on last year (in 2013 there were 375) it is still too high for my liking” said the Labour Candidate, Julian Ware-Lane.

Julian added: “There are also 30 young people that have been out of work for a year or more. This government is not doing enough. I have personal experience of the damage that long-term unemployment can do, and I would hope that we would see a Government straining every sinew to do something about it.”

“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. Southend West can’t wait any longer for action. Ministers should start helping now before they condemn many to a life of joblessness.”

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the recent Labour Market Statistics, said: “The fall in overall unemployment is welcome, but after four years when prices have risen faster than wages 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, most people are not feeling any recovery and the link between the wealth of the nation and family finances remains broken.

“The Government has failed to tackle low pay and as the OBR has said, stagnant wages and too many low-paid jobs are leading to rising borrowing.

“A Labour government will make work pay and tackle the cost-of-living crisis by raising the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour, bringing in Make Work Pay contracts to ensure more people are paid a Living Wage, getting more homes built and extending free childcare provision. And we will get the next generation into work with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee.

“Making work pay is an important part of Labour’s economic plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and earn our way to higher living standards for all.”

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2 Responses to Latest jobs figures shows the Government is letting down our area

  1. Genuine Question: How exactly does the job guarantee work? When I search on labour.org.uk I get:

    Well, this is rotten.

    But, a 404 Error is still better than five more years of Tory government.

    Funding: OK, understood. (Bankers’ Bonuses and higher rate tax relief on high pension contributions – until the b******s find a way to avoid it.)

    Real Jobs: Businesses bidding for funds would need to demonstrate that the jobs are additional and would not lead to someone else losing their job or having their hours reduced (ref: Labour Press Office). So this would suppose that there are sufficient “additive jobs” out there (everywhere – all travel to work areas) that only need “a bit of subsidy” for them to be offered and filled – by someone with possibly low skills. Not sure this would necessarily apply – unless we start “digging holes” and “filling in holes” – additive, but not “real”. What happens if businesses don’t bid in sufficient numbers?

    Enforcement on unemployed: OK, understood – sort of. “Those job seekers who refuse to take up the offer of a job would risk losing their benefits, in line with the existing sanctions regime” (ref: Labour Press Office). So one hopes that the jobs are sufficiently real (and purposeful) to actually improve the esteem of the long-term unemployed.

    Coming off the scheme: Clearly the hope is that the new employees do so well that the employers take them on permanently and are able to fund their minimum wages. Or that six months on the scheme suddenly makes them attractive on the job market – which means that they get a job that someone else might have got. So how are we going to be sure that the scheme does not just reduce the unemployment numbers temporarily for six months?

    As far as I can make out the Compulsory Jobs Guarantee seems to view the unemployed rather than the economy as “the problem”.

  2. Genuine Question: How exactly does the job guarantee work? When I search on labour.org.uk I get:

    Well, this is rotten.

    But, a 404 Error is still better than five more years of Tory government.

    Funding: OK, understood. (Bankers’ Bonuses and higher rate tax relief on high pension contributions – until the b******s find a way to avoid it.)

    Real Jobs: Businesses bidding for funds would need to demonstrate that the jobs are additional and would not lead to someone else losing their job or having their hours reduced (ref: Labour Press Office). So this would suppose that there are sufficient “additive jobs” out there (everywhere – all travel to work areas) that only need “a bit of subsidy” for them to be offered and filled – by someone with possibly low skills. Not sure this would necessarily apply – unless we start “digging holes” and “filling in holes” – additive, but not “real”. What happens if businesses don’t bid in sufficient numbers?

    Enforcement on unemployed: OK, understood – sort of. “Those job seekers who refuse to take up the offer of a job would risk losing their benefits, in line with the existing sanctions regime” (ref: Labour Press Office). So one hopes that the jobs are sufficiently real (and purposeful) to actually improve the esteem of the long-term unemployed.

    Coming off the scheme: Clearly the hope is that the new employees do so well that the employers take them on permanently and are able to fund their minimum wages. Or that six months on the scheme suddenly makes them attractive on the job market – which means that they get a job that someone else might have got. So how are we going to be sure that the scheme does not just reduce the unemployment numbers temporarily for six months?

    As far as I can make out the Compulsory Jobs Guarantee seems to view the unemployed rather than the economy as “the problem”.

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