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Barnsley MP Slams Latest Budget

Friday March 20 2015

A BARNSLEY MP has slammed the government's latest budget for failing to deliver for the town.

As new figures show unemployment is increasing across the area, Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, criticised George Osborne.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer spoke about things getting better, an evenly spread recovery, and job creation in Wednesday's budget announcement.

However, figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there was a worrying increase in unemployment, particularly amongst young people, between January and February of this year.

The number of young people claiming JSA went up from 1,000 to 1,105 in Barnsley - an increase of 10.5 per cent.

Mr Dugher said: "This is another bad budget for Barnsley. David Cameron and George Osborne have made it clear that they only stand up for a privileged few, not hard-working families.

"We need a better plan and a Labour budget which puts working families first. We’ll raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour, cut taxes for working people with a lower 10p starting rate of tax and reduce business rates for small firms."

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