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Anger at numbers ‘stuck on the dole’ in Bradford
The number of people stuck on the dole for more than two years in Bradford is 26 times higher than it was three years ago, new figures reveal.
A report by the Labour Party shows that in August, 2010, there were 100 people aged 25 and over in the district who had been claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance for more than two years.
By August this year, the figure had rocketed to 2,650.
It was also a grim picture for youth unemployment. The number of under-25s who had been signing on for at least a year rose from 75 to 1,185 – 15 times as many. The report, published today by the region’s Labour MPs, said the Government’s claims of an economic recovery would “ring hollow” in Yorkshire.
And it also raised concerns that living standards were falling as the cost of living rose while wages stagnated.
Kevin Barron MP, chairman of the Yorkshire and Humber group of Labour MPs, said: “After three years of a stagnant economy, there are signs of a rather anaemic recovery in some parts of our country.
“However, before Cabinet ministers continue taking to the airwaves to boast about this, I’d suggest they take a trip to Yorkshire because I’m afraid the story here is rather different.”
He said Labour initiatives to get employers to pay the living wage and to outlaw exploitative zero-hours contracts would help thousands of households across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Another report published today claimed small businesses were creating jobs for the first time in at least three years as optimism returns to most sectors and UK regions.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said its confidence index rose to 33.5 per cent in the third quarter, double the score in June and representing the third successive quarter of growth.
It said optimism picked up in nearly all regions, but London's score of 46 per cent contrasts with much lower levels in northern regions and a decrease in the North East.
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