I condemn the 27% rise in unemployment between November 2017 and November 2018. There has been a slight fall month-on-month (October 2018 to November 2018).

The total number of unemployed constituents in Delyn constituency in November was 1,110.

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

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.0%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people note claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.1% in August to November 2018.

The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 300 higher in November 2017 and 5 higher than October 2018.

There were 250 claimants aged 18-24 in November 2018, 65 higher than November 2017.

However, unemployment over the last twelve months (November 2017 to November 2018) has risen by 27% (305 people).

I welcome the slight decrease in unemployment in Delyn over the past month. However, we cannot ignore the simple fact that unemployment has increased 27% since November 2017. This is harming our towns and villages economic development.

The rise over the past year flies in the face of the hard work of the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council. Flintshire County Council’s investment into affordable housing, and the pledge by the Welsh Assembly to invest £120 million into a North Wales Growth Deal has provided businesses with certainty in uncertain times and protected us against the worst excesses of the UK Government’s policies.

The UK Government is still ignoring North Wales. You only have to see that 1 in 5 people in Delyn have had to use a food bank in the last 3 years and that in some wards, child poverty after housing costs has increased above 40%, to see that the UK Government is neglecting our communities.

All people want is a decent job with a decent day’s wage.

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Figures released this week demonstrated that 1 in 5 people in Delyn have had to use a foodbank in the last three years. This is disgraceful.

I pointed out to the Secretary of State that that information coincides with Flintshire being one of the first constituencies in the UK to see the roll-out of Universal Credit.

The minister buried his head in the sand and refused to accept that the rise in poverty was in any way linked to the bungled implementation of Universal Credit.

Under this UK Government we have seen child poverty, after housing costs, rise to 40% in some areas in Delyn and unemployment increase for four months in a row. The contempt this government shows towards us in North Wales is utterly exasperating.

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Recently the BBC undertook a thorough investigation into Universal Credit and all their filming was done in Flintshire. It showed how people in our communities have been forced into poverty by this fundamentally flawed system of social security.

We were one of the first areas in the country to see Universal Credit rolled out and I have seen first hand the horrendous effects it has on people’s lives. The new Secretary of State hasn’t seen the BBC investigation and I urged her to watch it immediately to learn of the utter chaos it is wreaking on people’s lives.

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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.