I am concerned that the total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn remains unchanged. This includes the number of people, aged between 16 and 64, claiming for Universal Credits and Job Seeker’s Allowance.
After nearly 6 months of continuous falls in those claiming we have seen the number of claimants plateau at 722. That represents a rate of 2.2% of the economically active population.
This includes 524 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 198 people who were claiming Universal Credit, but were not in employment.
There were 185 claimants aged 18-24 in Delyn in December 2015.
Although I welcome the number of unemployed claimants in Delyn remains under 1,000 people, I am deeply concerned that the number seems stubbornly stuck at 722 people.
We need to ensure that no one is left behind and that everyone has a job. Everyone deserves a job not only because it increases people’s income, but because it helps improve people’s self-esteem. Setting an example to children that being in work is a positive activity.
We need to see a sustained effort from the UK Government to help our fledgling business sectors – such as the green energy sector. I have been working hard with local businesses to ensure that they have what they need to hire more people.