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Where is the Levelling-up?

Unemployment for 18-24 year olds is still ‘double the national average’ in Oldham East and Saddleworth – where’s the levelling up? Data released by the House of Commons Library shows there were 810 people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment support in April 2022, across the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, that is 9.4% of the local […]

The Government is Failing to Help Unemployed People

Data released by the House of Commons Library shows there were 845 people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment support in March 2022, across the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, 9.8% of the local population compared to the UK rate of 4.9%. Across all age groups there were 4,785 actual claimants across the constituency in March 2022, […]

Covid-19: A Disease of Poverty

Like infectious diseases of the past, Covid-19 is a disease of poverty. If you map Covid prevalence with deprivation the results are stark. It has also exposed the ingrained inequalities across our society, and I say this as a former public health consultant with over 20 years’ experience rather than as an opposition MP. But […]

Long term youth unemployment up 137%!

Figures released yesterday (14/3/12) show that long term youth unemployment in Oldham East and Saddleworth has risen by 137% in the last year and there are now 12.8 people chasing every job vacancy. This jobs crisis shows no signs of letting up yet complacent government ministers are failing to act. Long term youth unemployment here […]

Enterprise zones won’t help Oldham’s unemployed

New unemployment figures released on 18 January show a shocking rise of 106% for Oldham’s 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance for longer than 6 months.  This is bound to have a damaging effect on our young people and is a result of this government’s lack of action. Labour has been saying for months that […]

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