Lilian Greenwood MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Nottingham South




Government’s economic decisions slammed as youth unemployment hits record high


Nottingham sees dramatic rise in young people on the dole long term.


Commenting on today’s unemployment statistics, Lilian Greenwood MP said:


“This is terrible news for young people in our city.  Since January there has been a rise of more than 90% in the number of young people on the dole for over six months  in Nottingham South. The real worry is that we are seeing the scar of long term youth unemployment return to our city.


“Labour's 5 point plan for jobs and growth would get our area moving again. Labour’s youth jobs fund, paid for by a tax on Banker’s bonuses, could get 5,500 young people back into work in the East Midlands”


“We need to get people back to work and off benefits, or the scar of unemployment will do long term damage. At the moment we are stuck in a vicious cycle, with more people on benefits and out of work the deficit is harder to get down.”


Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:


“Today the government have been given a million reasons to change course on the economy.


“The brutal price our young people are paying for this government’s economic policy is now crystal clear. The verdict is in: this government is failing an entire generation.


“Whoever the government tries to blame, the fact is Britain’s economic recovery was choked off a year ago and unemployment started rising again well before the recent eurozone crisis. Their decision to cut too far and too fast is hurting and just not working.


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