JOB guarantees for anyone out of work for more than two years should be introduced by the government, according to a Barnsley MP.

Michael Dugher wants to tackle the town's long-term unemployment by introducing a jobs bill, which would mean those out of work for more than a couple of years would lose benefits if they refused to accept an offered role.

Although figures released yesterday show a slight decrease in the overall number of those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Barnsley East, unemployment is rising nationally.

The number of people in Barnsley East claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months has more than doubled in the last two years, from 470 to 960.

Figures also show that, during the same period, the number of 18 to 25-year-olds across the borough who have been without work for more than a year rose by more than 240 per cent - from 150 to 520.