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Barnsley MP Demands Action On Crisis Youth Unemployment

Wednesday October 19 2011

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

BARNSLEY MP Michael Dugher is demanding government action after new figures revealed youth unemployment is at an all time high in Barnsley.

Statistics show that 36 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 are claiming Job Seekers Allowance and 2,575 are without work - an increase of 11 per cent in just 12 months.

Michael, said: “The Government has been warned about the rising problem of unemployment for over a year now, but it is just not doing enough. Unemployment and youth unemployment are now at crisis levels with more young people out of work than ever before.  Getting people – particularly our young people – into work is the surest way of getting the deficit down and putting us on the right course for the future.  The Government must change direction now and implement a new plan for jobs and growth.”

Across Barnsley the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance has rocketed by eight per cent in one year, 7,140.

We hope to have Michael in the WAB Radio studio soon to answer questions on this: if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas on how things could be improved put them here and we will include them in the debate.

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Reply Posted by LizziePen on Wednesday October 19 2011 at 10:15
This is what you get from a Tory government....it's like Thatcherism all over again. I'm glad I'm not a young person this time around although my job is under threat at least I have been able to work most of my life. If you are unemployed try not to lose heart things will get better eventually.

Reply Posted by Caz on Wednesday October 19 2011 at 17:22
I am not a Tory supporter. BUT I will say it is not like Thatcherism at all. A lot of the cuts the Tories have made were going to be done by Labour if they had gotten the vote. Small working class towns like ours will always suffer greatly in a recession, but there are jobs out there people have to look further than in the Chronicle and be willing to travel a bit further.