By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I condemn the continued failings of the UK Government to bring unemployment under control in the constituency as unemployment has broken through the 1,100 marker.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in October 2018 was 1,115.

This represents a rate of 3.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.1% in July to September 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 310 higher than October 2017 and 20 higher than September 2018.

There were 255 claimants aged 18-24 in October 2018, 65 higher than October 2017.

To see unemployment in Delyn pass the 1,100 barrier should be a wake-up call for the UK Government. They need to take action now to support our businesses and communities after the fourth consecutive month increase in unemployment. We are now seeing unemployment grow nationally – up 21,000 from the last figures released – showing that the economy is weak and that the UK Government’s policies are not working.

But this goes much further than just unemployment figures. Many people would have seen the Panorama programme about Universal Credit on the BBC recently, which was filmed in Flintshire. It showed case after case of people trying to do the right thing and get work or hold on to the job they already have. But in each case people were falling behind on their rent because the in-work support Universal Credit is supposed to give them was lacking. Everyone deserves a decent quality of life and the harsh reality of Universal Credit is it is taking that away from people.

There have been numerous opportunities for the UK Government to make the policy changes needed to help North Wales, but at each opportunity they have declined and instead lent more support to South East England. We now need a UK Government that can support the work of the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council in delivering jobs and homes. Only a Labour government in Westminster can achieve this.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am angry to see that another month has been lost in the combat against unemployment in Delyn. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in September 2018 was 1,085.

This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in June to August 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 310 higher than September 2017 and 50 higher than August 2018. Read more “Unemployment: September 2018”

I am appalled by new figures out today showing that unemployment in the constituency has risen for yet another consecutive month. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn in August 2018 was 1,035.

This represents a rate of 3.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in May to July 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 270 higher than August 2017 and 30 higher than July 2018.

There were 225 claimants aged 18-24 in August 2018, 40 higher than August 2017. Read more “Unemployment: August 2018”

I am concerned that unemployment in Delyn has increased once more. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in July 2018 was 995.

This represents a rate of 3.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in April to June 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 260 higher than July 2017 and 20 higher than June 2018.

There were 220 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2018, 45 higher than July 2017.

It is clear that last month’s decline in unemployment was a blip and not a long-term trend. We have seen unemployment steadily rise in Delyn for months. What concerns me is that the UK Government constantly waxes lyrical about how low unemployment is, but they are not taking note of the problems they are causing in North Wales. They are leaving us behind the rest the of the country.

Not only have we got increasing numbers of people without work, but we have a burgeoning number of people who are now on zero-hours contracts or agency work. This means that people have fewer rights at work, including unpaid holiday leave and restrictions on sick pay. We need decent jobs not these low paid ones.

We are a community built on a hard day’s work for a decent day’s pay. We are a county that helped produce the best steel in the world and built what Britain is today. It is time that we got a Government that supported us in reclaiming decent jobs so that our children have a more prosperous future.

The Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council are working hard to make the North Wales Growth Bid a reality, but the actions of the UK Government are putting it at risk. We need to see a national government who supports the work of our Welsh Government and council, not put in place obstacles.