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Barnsley Budget Cuts Get Worse

Monday December 17 2012

Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP

A BARNSLEY MP has warned that budget cuts will continue to hit the town hard after the government unveiled policies for the new year.

Dan Jarvis said the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement is a massive failure for the town.

It outlines plans to cut the budget of local authorities even more, meaning more cuts to public services.

Dan critisised the mini budget, saying it is failing Barnsley on all counts.

He added: "We have nearly one-million young people out of work; this is a critical problem in Barnsley and long-term unemployment is rising – the claimant count is forecast to be 275,000 a year higher in 2015.

“Most people will be interested in knowing how all this will affect them directly and although I welcome the cancellation of the 3p rise in fuel prices it is very concerning that prices are forecast to carry on rising faster than wages do, meaning hard times will continue for many people in Barnsley.”

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Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday December 20 2012 at 07:01
On the claimant count. How are the people no longer entitled to ESA counted if the decide not to claim JSA? Or, are these the hidden unemployed?