MP’s call for end to austerity

AN MP has called for the end to austerity as the latest unemployment figures show a further increase in the number of jobseekers in his constituency.

The call came from Easington MP Grahame Morris after it was revealed there were 3,307 people in constituency claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance last month, which is 9.9 per cent of the economically active population.

He said the number of claimants, which is 441 higher than in August 2011 and 14 higher than in July 2012, is the 62nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies.

Following the release of the latest figures, Mr Morris said: “The Prime Minister continues to ignore the North-East, and needs a credible plan for jobs and growth. If unemployment is going to be tackled the Government must do more to support local businesses.

“Communities in the North-East continue to be hit the hardest by Government policies driving down demand across the region. The promised private-sector led recovery has failed to materialise.

“We not only have an unemployment crisis, but a joblessness crisis, where people want to work more, but there are simply not the jobs available.

“The Government can no longer bury its head in the sand, austerity isn’t working, and it is time for a real economic alternative to support growth and allow communities to flourish.”