Let’s get 325 people in Bury South into work urges Ivan Lewis MP
Ivan Lewis MP has today revealed new figures showing that under Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee hundreds of long-term unemployed people in Bury South would be found real work or face losing their benefits.
Three years of Tory failure has left Bury South with 2,567 people unemployed, including 710 young people.
Labour’s plans would create fully funded jobs for anyone out of work for more than two years, or one year if they are under 25. They would be offered a real job with real training and real prospects, paid for by taxing bankers’ bonuses and restricting pension tax relief for the wealthiest.
“Bury South’s jobs crisis has gone on too long. We urgently need Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get 325 people in Bury South into work now.
“This government has failed our area for too long. The Work Programme doesn’t work and long-term unemployment is soaring. Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee would ensure that anyone out of work for two years, or one year if they are under 25, would get a job – one they would be required to take or face losing their benefits.
“We have been failed for three years; Bury South desperately needs welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works. That’s why we need a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get our area working again.”
Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:
“This government’s welfare revolution is in tatters. The Work Programme is worse than doing nothing, universal credit is descending into universal chaos and George Osborne’s last Budget was such a disaster that even more people are now forecast to join the dole queue.
“What we need to bring the welfare bill down is a tough but fair plan to get Britain back to work – not another raid on tax credits from working families.”