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MP Calls To Tackle High Unemployment Figure In Barnsley

Wednesday January 23 2013

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.” 

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Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday January 23 2013 at 17:29
Compulsory is fine as long as the take home pay after travel costs (weekly bus pass?) is more than benefits. Shouldn't be worse off for working as I was. A figure of £20 for a 20 hour week for starters. This will be payed for by those fit and able who refuse the scheme having their benefits cut.

Then sign up employers to the scheme to offer some interviews for their real jobs to these 'in-to-workers', suitable of course. Employers could be provided with the CVs prior to selection or matched up by the DWP. The system could and should do more to help.

Reply Posted by greenginger on Wednesday January 23 2013 at 20:08
To be fair though Tony the highest group of unemployed are the 18 - 25's and they are not all affected by having to pay for households or bills or the like.

I agree that the systems in place need to be upgraded but I also think that going back to the miners strike and loss of jobs then has seen a reluctance in many to find employment. This in turn has passed down to their kids. Many have had it easy living on benefits with all of the available top ups ( eg housing, council tax) and will never work unless they have benefits removed.
Just before everyone states that I am talking rubbish, I am not. There are many examples I can quote.

Reply Posted by les on Thursday January 24 2013 at 01:13
No one really wants to here your quotes.
Especially if there as pompous as your ideals your the type of person who believes that thinks everyone who is out of work should be shot....a single person onthe dole gets approx 70.00 per week.upkeeping accomodation ie gas .electric food. they are really having a rich mans life when a single person is working he gets approx . 240.00. .....
Before you start to quote have a walk round any town or a city in south yorkshireansee how many shops are empty. how many industries have taken there work to other nations and two most recent gone with the wind hmv and blockbuster look at the market stalls how many are empty. i would stop thinking of how the dolers are so much of a problem
when the uk is suppose to be do hard up
but there are hundreds of billions to keep going to war with everyone it wants to giving themselves huge bonuses britain has a huge money pit thats why it keeps ging winter fuel allowance to people living .in sunbathing countries people always jump on the dolers to cover there own petty middleclass lives.....when the biggest fiddlers are the richer end .......and no im not on the dole

Reply Posted by blue ber on Thursday January 24 2013 at 20:43
greenginger - you've been conned by the tory posh boy propaganda

Reply Posted by R Levitt on Friday January 25 2013 at 09:54
Compulsory jobs, hard to believe these words come from the mouth of a Labour Politician. What young people, and older ones too, require are proper jobs with good wages and pension schemes like the politicians have. Why don't they stop importing billions of pounds worth of foreign goods into the country and stop exporting British jobs abroad just so a few people can make huge profits by exploiting the poor people of third world countries. Perhaps then we'll see some factories going up and unemployment coming down.

Reply Posted by john on Friday January 25 2013 at 10:27
im afraid your wasting your time on greenginger blue ber its not that long ago that he was really nasty to our mum who is in her 50s worked for over 30 years paying all her taxes and unfortunately had to finish work through ill health it seemed in his eyes our mum was a scrounger who he was paying for,that was untill i pointed out to him that all mums kids work damned hard and as far as i was concerned we pay for mums benefits not him as we pay a lot more taxes etc a week than what she recieves suffice to say i did not get a reply from him.some people will always blame anything that goes wrong in this country on people on benefits and im afraid green ginger happens to be one of them,lets just hope he never ends up in that position

Reply Posted by greenginger on Friday January 25 2013 at 16:43
lets sort this out.
1. I do understand politics and I can assure yo that I have not been sucked in by any party Tory or Labour...
2. John I was not nasty to your mum. I may have had a different viewpoint that is all and I am sure as an adult she can speak for herself so grow up.
3. I do not blame all the ills on the benefit system however I do believe that it needs changing dramatically. It has lead to a dependency in some people.
4. I am also aware that many people who are working are not well off.
5. I have seen loads of unemployed people on here slagging off tax payers.
What I was actually saying was that the unemployed must have realistic expectations. At a time when people with very good educations and who have experience are struggling to find work and professionals such as teachers are having their pensions raided, well the uneducated unemployed have to accept that they will not get paid huge wages and sitting on the dole should not be for life.

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