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, that is 1,450 more people than in March 2020, before the first lockdown. That is equivalent to 7.3% of the Oldham East and Saddleworth population, aged 16-64, compared to a UK rate of 4.2%.

This month’s unemployment figures show that the Conservative’s political choices are making minimal impact in terms of levelling up for young people who are out of work, and, at a time when real wages are being squeezed by runaway inflation now at 7%, people in and out of work are really struggling with the cost of living crisis.

Much is made about job vacancies being at record levels, but the House of Commons Library has also provided evidence which shows the Government hasn’t a clue where these jobs are! So much for levelling up in Oldham.

Rishi Sunak could have chosen a one-off windfall tax on huge oil and gas producer profits to cut household energy bills by up to £600. Instead, he’s decided to make Britain the only major economy to land ordinary people with higher taxes in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

The Tories simply don’t understand, or care, about the problems facing ordinary people.

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