Ogmore MP and Shadow Minister Huw Irranca-Davies is calling on the UK government to take urgent action to help the long term unemployed back into work.
Huw says that despite huge efforts by local employers in difficult times, supported by Welsh Government schemes like Jobs Growth Wales, which filled 49 job opportunities created in the Vale of Glamorgan in its first 6 months, there are now 2,026 people in Ogmore claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance, including 620 young people.
Huw says “We know from past experience in the 80’s under previous Conservative governments that youth and wider unemployment does lasting damage to individuals and to our communities. The waste of skills and talent is scandalous, but UK government ministers seem indifferent to a crisis of their own making.”
In response to the growing crisis in long-term unemployment both in Ogmore and across the UK Huw is backing calls for a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee that would create fully funded jobs, with real training and real prospects, for anyone out of work for more than two years, or one year if they are under 25.
Paid for by taxing bankers’ bonuses and restricting pension tax relief for the wealthiest the jobs offered to long term unemployed would have to be accepted or claimants would lose their benefits. This plan would help 245 unemployed people in the Ogmore constituency back into work right now.
“The UK government has presided over a stagnating economy, and has failed to deliver jobs for the long-term unemployed. The Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will increase the life chances of people who can’t find work and bring down unemployment in our local area. The Government should introduce plans to bring it in without delay, as every day wasted brings more despair to job seekers.”