The number of people receiving unemployment benefits in Bishop Auckland constituency has risen by 29% in just one year. There are 440 more people receiving unemployment benefits than in April last year.
The Government has been proudly announcing its falling unemployment rates in the UK; this is clearly not the case in Bishop Auckland.
“These figures are appalling. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in our area is now 45% higher than the national average.
“Government funding for Durham County Council has been cut by 50%. So how we can expect young people and adults to develop skills and find work?”
More than 21% of these claimants aged 18-24; a number which was grown by 10% since last year.
“School funding cuts are failing our young people and not giving them the skills and confidence needed to find work after education.”
These figures are the first to be released since the roll-out of Universal Credit in Bishop Auckland. Helen explained: “My office has been dealing with endless concerns surrounding delays in payment and unfair decisions, driving people into debt and poverty. My constituents are having jobs and opportunities taken away without a decent, working benefits system to support them when they most need it.”
“Anybody with concerns about their Universal Credit can contact my office on 01388 603075.”
This was also addressed in the Northern Echo here.