MP Michael Dugher has called for the introduction of a 'Compulsory Jobs Guarantee' to tackle the high long-term unemployment figure in Barnsley.

The latest figures released today show that the total number of people claiming Jobs Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Barnsley has risen by 7.4 per cent over the last 12 months. It now stands at 7,470.

The big worry is still youth unemployment and long-term unemployment, with the figures remaining stubbornly high.

Over 500 18-24 year olds have been unemployed for more than twelve months – an increase of 85 per cent over the last year.

Commenting on the new unemployment statistics, Michael said: “The government should introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee for anyone out of work for more than two years. Those who can work should do, or they would lose their benefits. We simply cannot afford to let people languish on the dole for years on end.”