I have voiced my concern with the small rise in total unemployment claimants. But within the unemployment claimants figures it shows that claimants between the age of 18-24 saw the biggest rise.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in January 2017 was 715. This represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 327th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 10 higher than December 2016.
There were 205 claimants aged 18-24 in January 2017, which is not only 15 higher than December 2016 but is 20 higher than January 2016.
This month has seen inflation rise to 1.8%, with wage growth just about managing to keep up, and now we can that unemployment has increased in Delyn. Most concerning is the rise in youth unemployment in Delyn.
The Government have dragged their heels over must needed investment into North Wales and their uncertainty on Brexit is causing businesses to restrict their operations in due to the doubts they hold. If we fail to secure people into work at the beginning of their working lives it puts in place barriers to a healthy working ethos. Putting further stress and strain on public services.
For the past few months unemployment in Delyn has been bumping along with no dramatic reduction in claimants. Now we are seeing unemployment rise and not fall. It is a failure by the Government to invest into North Wales and support our local economy. Once again they are ignoring Flintshire.
I have joined 106 other MPs to sign a letter to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State Greg Clark calling for the Government to respond to the recommendations of the Hendry Review on Tidal Lagoons, and in particular Charles Hendry’s call for a pathfinder Tidal Lagoon, as soon as possible.
The Hendry review took place primarily to investigate if the UK Government should be actively supporting this new green energy resource. The report focused on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, but it will have positive implications for Flintshire and north Wales.
The Hendry review made 30 conclusions, including: Read more “Tidal Lagoons”
On Thursday, I asked the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, if she could assure me that the forthcoming review into the future of S4C will be able secure a definitive base for its funding.
S4C is currently facing a 10% cut in its funding between now and 2021/2. This will undermine this Public Service Broadcasters ability to produce the top quality programming that people love.
It has been a hard-fought-for Welsh language Public Service Broadcaster that receives prominence, a privileged place on the TV guide, on TV sets across Wales.
S4C currently works in partnership with BBC Wales in sharing programming and resources, and is partially funded (£74.5 million a year) through the BBC licence fee. The Government has agreed to this sum until the next Charter Review in 2021/2. Read more “Culture, Media and Sport Questions: Future of S4C”
I am supporting charity National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by pledging to do more to ‘tackle cold homes’.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty, which currently sees over four million households unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. It is a particular problem for those in low incomes living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.
Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities. Not only will it be causing misery for millions of people this winter, but also placing a huge strain on our already stretched health services. In Wales alone 386,000 households are believed to be in fuel poverty.
More needs to be done nationally, however I know that there is excellent work going on in my constituency and across the UK to tackle this issue, and I look forward to working alongside others in the community to help raise awareness of the problem and the solutions available.
Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action commented:
“Fuel poverty is a serious problem and one that we cannot tackle alone. I am delighted that David Hanson MP is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that his constituents can live warm, healthy and happy lives.”
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day takes place on Friday 17th February 2017.