Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin concerned about rising unemployment
SCUNTHORPE MP Nic Dakin has expressed concern that people in the region are being pushed into a "lifetime of unemployment".
He welcomed the news that there had been an overall fall in unemployment on a national scale, but is worried that the figures are hiding a deeper problem.
Mr Dakin said: "Beyond the headline fall in unemployment, here in Scunthorpe we saw yet another rise in the long term unemployment figures. There were 375 more people claiming job seekers allowance (JSA) for more than 12 months.
"There are now more people claiming JSA over the long term than at any time since October 1997, and there are more people signing-on for over two years than at any time since the 90s. Rather than getting people off benefits, the Government are pushing them into a lifetime of unemployment whilst increasing our welfare bill."
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Mr Dakin has also expressed concern about the type of work people are doing, saying that many people are being forced into part time, temporary work with erratic hours.
"If people take this precarious, irregular work they lose their benefits and drop off the list for JSA without any real guarantee of the amount of money they will make week by week, or if they will get any hours at all," he said.
"This means they are left behind, forced to live a life of uncertainty, unable to budget, and unsure of how they will pay the rent each month. That is how, statistically, unemployment figures are falling here in our region.
"These aren't decent full time jobs with a future - but part-time, unreliable hours, often making people worse off than they were claiming benefits.
"It is ludicrous that this government is not ensuring that it pays to work, instead trapping people into agency work purely to make their statistics look good."