Rushanara Ali MP is backing Labour’s proposals for a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to tackle long-term unemployment, following the release of the latest unemployment figures.
According to the Office for National Statistics, long-term unemployment showed no signs of falling in Bethnal Green and Bow, following an annual increase of 3% to March 2013.
Rushanara said: “Here in Bethnal Green and Bow long term unemployment has continued to rise in the last year. It is getting clearer by the day that this government is letting down our area.
“We urgently need action to create jobs and get local people into work. This is why we in the Labour Party are 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.”
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the ONS Labour Market Statistics, said:
“Three years on its now as clear the Government's plan is failing, and failing badly. Not only are more people unemployed than at the election, it’s soaring up. Seventy thousand more people are now on the dole than last month, youth unemployment rose by 20,000 and long term unemployment rose yet again.
“Yet just to add insult to injury this Government is slashing tax credits and child benefit but giving millionaires a tax cut. Families are £891 worse off because of tax and benefit changes and pay packets are now £1,700 smaller than at the last election.”
“With the IMF warning George Osborne to change course and unemployment getting worse, it’s clear the time has come for a fresh approach. Ministers must now take the decisive action we need to get Britain working again starting with Labour's compulsory jobs guarantee to get anyone out of work for more than two years back into a job; a job people must take or lose their benefits.”