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Dugher Addresses Barnsley's High Youth Unemployment Figures

Thursday February 21 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

MP MICHAEL Dugher has welcomed the national fall in unemployment - but has highlighted that the figures show a very different picture in Barnsley.

The latest unemployment figures show that the total number of people claiming Jobs Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) in Barnsley has jumped to 7,880 – an increase of 6 per cent on the previous month and 13 per cent over the last two years.

Figures for youth unemployment and long-term youth unemployment in Barnsley are also up.

The number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA in Barnsley is now 2,485 - up from 2,370 in December 2012.

More shocking is the number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA for more than 12 months in Barnsley. That figure is now 530 - a massive increase of 194 per cent over the last two years.

''They should introduce a 'Compulsory Jobs Guarantee' - those who can work would be required to take up jobs, given training and time to job search - 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 Tom on Thursday February 21 2013 at 14:57
Compulsory job guarantee sounds like future jobs fund. 50 weeks long to avoid giving people job security. min wage too. why not remove job security for those in the council and let youth compete for jobs as equals so that all can be 2nd class citizens rather than just the under 25s.

Reply Posted by Grim reaper on Monday February 25 2013 at 16:51
Why kick out decent hard working people with mortgages and families to keep for some spoilt lazy teenager who probably couldnt do the job anyway or would not turn up after day 2? Get real.
Stop picking on people employed by the council or else you are believing the government hype too.

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday February 21 2013 at 16:19
This GOVERNMENT and previous ones too have done too little to help Barnsley.Because its a Labour safe seat ,Labour don't care .And because Conservatives can;t win it they don;t care either .

Reply Posted by M Thatcher on Thursday February 21 2013 at 20:24
Mick, it's a safe labour seat because of the narrow minded voters in Barnsley,
If Saddam Hussian, president Assad, or Osama Bin Laden stood as the labour candidate they would be elected ! Maybe if the electorate voted on issues and not blindly to labour then something might change.

Reply Posted by stevo on Monday February 25 2013 at 20:46
Absolutely spot on!

The local populous vot these moronic cretins in year after year,until this changes then Barnsley will never change.

Reply Posted by lyndon on Thursday February 21 2013 at 20:26
I agree, but they'll never crush the spirit of the people of barnsley never

Reply Posted by lyndon on Thursday February 21 2013 at 20:29
Was agreeing with mick not thatcher

Reply Posted by me on Monday February 25 2013 at 08:12
i say mps-or main 1s from downing st should be given a council property not a 100% home like rest of us gets and to be given the amount of benefit we get when signing on--no benefits because of who they are --no extra income and be made to live like we do on these benefits oh give em an extra bedroom aswell so theyve that to pay for--as before you were entitled to extra bedroom--then say make em go for a good but mark down theyve no qualifacations and see how far they get in life--people think those on dwp get everything and they dont--druggies /alcoholics shouldnt be given more money either as this just gets em their requirements---people are going to lose benefits--lose homes cause they cant afford things

Reply Posted by Jo Spud on Monday February 25 2013 at 16:54
I say stop whining about getting benefits. If you want more then be expected to work for it as the easy days of sitting on benefits is slowly coming to an end. If you arent trained or educated then minimum wage is all there is. At least people with addictions have genuine problems. There are loads on the dole who have no issues but wont work.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday February 26 2013 at 18:57
Jo i echo your sentiments,the only people having a whinge are the people who stand to lose some or part of their benefits.
As for your comment about people with "addictions" having real problems,anyone with an addiction has effectually brought said addiction on themselves and i have absolutely no sympathy for them.
i'm not saying being an alcoholic or a drug addict is not an easy ride but why should we pay benefits to a drug addict or alcoholic ?
Oh i cant work because i'm addicted to Herion,there you go son here's your benefits spend it wisely and dont buy Heroin.
Oh i cant work because i'm an alcoholic,here you go son here's your benefits spend it wisely and dont buy special brew.
These people actually get disability benefits!
An addiction is NOT a disability it is a lifestyle choice.

20 years ago Heroin was a major epidemic in our town,many former friends and some relatives succumbed to the lure of Heroin and ALL of them had to steal to feed their addiction,many areas of our town were plagued with the blight of burglary,theft,street crime and shoplifting mainly due to said Heroin addiction, some areas of Kendray,Grimethorpe,Worsbrough and Darton (to name but a few) became no go areas after dark.
Many of my former friends and relatives are now dead after comitting suicide due to their addiction to Heroin,some are on Methadone which in itself causes other social problems and at severe cost to the taxpayer.

20 years on we now see a resurgence in Heroin addiction in Barnsley, just last week i was asked by a kid in town if i had 13p for his "busfare" and this is just the tip of the iceberg with many other friends reportedly being accosted in the town centre by people wanting to "borrow" money solely for drugs or booze.

Heroin addiction only leads to misery for the addict and the local populous and the sooner it is obliterated from our society then the better our society will become.

I dont have all the answers but i can suggest a "radical" plan,firstly education,at one time of the day the police used to come into schools to warn about the dangers of drugs,i dont know if they still do this but this would be a welcomed start.
Secondly,invest in more treatment centres and qualified councilors to help the addicts AND more importantly,never mind this human rights rubbish,MAKE them go cold turkey,and if they refuse strip them of their benefits until they are "clean".
The promise of Methodone for Heroin substitution should also be withdrawn.
My plan IS radical,however,for far too long we have helped people who dont want to be helped and there must come a time when society says that enough is enough.

Jobs - We need more jobs and infrastructure in our town,proper decent paid jobs that are above the minimum wage for a start.Modern apprenticeships need to be vastly improved and offered to local youngsters.

Education is they key,Barnsley school table results are absolutely abysmal!

I was never interested at school and was the class clown,i have subsequently worked in factories from the age of 15!
A few years ago i did a few courses that got me several NVQ'S,i still work in a factory but i have gotten a better job as a result of my NVQ'S.

There are THOUSANDS of people on the dole in Barnsley who have absolutely NO issues but just dont want to work,i know many that have never worked since the pits shut,others "swing the lead", oh i cant work cos i've got a bad back,doesnt stop the bloke doing roofing work for cash in hand or taking his dog for a walk for an hour a day.

The sooner these benefit fraudsters are found out,stripped of their benefits and forced back into work the better.

Back to the origins of the topic,our 16-24 year olds are "forgotten" and statistics dont lie,some barnsley firms advertise jobs for "decent" money (i.e - NOT the MW) and get literally hundreds of applicants.
Even for MW jobs some firms get hindreds of applicants.

You have to take a wider view of the employment oppurtunities in our town,most people never get set on directly these days and the "casualisation" of the job market and the upsurgence of "employment agencies" (i use this term loosely) and the massive influx of Eastern Europe financial migrants has had a major detrimental effect on job opportunities across the borough.

I know of someone who places said Eastern European financial migrants with employers and he told me categorically that he would not place a 16 year old lad from town with an employer when he could place a 35 year old father of two from Eastern Europe because he was a "safer" option.

My view is that this is institutional racism,but he doesnt care as he is getting his "commission" from sending the Eastern European migrant father of two to the prospective employer.

Legislation needs to be in place to stop these "horrendous" employment agencies AND and firms wanting staff MUST employ a certain percentage of 16-25 year olds or face severe financial penalties.

I think everything i have wrote on this post just about covers answers to ALL other posts here on WAB,so therefore i declare myself out and will be back at a later date!


Reply Posted by Jo on Monday February 25 2013 at 08:39
Throwing about sentences like 'remove job security in the council' highlights the fact, Tom that you have no idea of what its been like for council workers and their families over the last 3 years and what it going to happen in the future. Try doing some research before making assumptions.

Reply Posted by Grim Reaper on Monday February 25 2013 at 16:55
Agree Jo. Typical young self centred viewpoint from someone who does not understand how the world works.

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