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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek calls for decisive action on youth unemployment

10 Nov 2011

During a Labour-led debate in the House of Commons on youth unemployment yesterday, Derek called for more to be done about the dramatic rise in long term youth unemployment in Halton.

New figures released by Labour today have shown that since January there has been a 64% rise in young people on the dole for six months or more.  The Tory-led Government's economic policies are hurting but not working.

Derek said:

"We need something done about this fast.  Long term youth unemployment is rising quickly.  Since January there has been a staggering four fifths rise in young people on the dole for more than six months in Halton.

Labour has shown there is a better way, a £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund thousands of jobs for young people in our region.  This is part of Labour's 5 point plan to create jobs and economic growth.

This would help stop long-term youth unemployment scarring Halton and the North West, which at over 64,000, has more 18-24 year olds out of work than any other region in England, including London.

Whilst here in Halton there are a number of important projects such as the Mersey Gateway and 3MG which will bring jobs in the future, the Government needs to act now to tackle long term unemployment."

Labour's Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne MP said:

"Youth unemployment is now reaching crisis levels, and young people are staying unemployed for longer and longer.

Labour plans would get 100,000 young people back into work up and down the country, to be pad for with a sensible and fair tax on bankers' bonuses.

Sadly David Cameron and George Osborne don't seem to understand that more people on the dole - claiming benefits rather than paying taxes - will just make it harder to get the deficit down."

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