WE are living through the biggest wage crisis since the Victorian times, according to a Barnsley MP.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher made the alarming claim after new figures showed that pay excluding bonuses today is the lowest on record, despite a fall in unemployment.

Wages after inflation have already fallen by £1,600 a year since 2010 and by next year working people will have seen the biggest fall in wages since 1874.

Unemployment in Barnsley has fallen, but youth unemployment in the town remains high.

"We're living through the biggest wages crisis since the Victorian times," Michael said. "Ministers need to get a grip on falling wages which continue to lag far behind the cost of living.

"Youth unemployment across Barnsley is still high and static, plus long-term unemployment in Barnsley East is still a third higher than in 2011.

"Too many of the jobs that are coming are low paid, part-time or on zero hours."