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 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.

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The Labour Party put forward a motion to the Commons that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey MP, should be docked 4 weeks wages for her failure to tell the truth to Parliament We think it is only right that the Secretary of State is treated the same way as someone on Universal Credit who makes an error and completes a form incorrectly – they lose 4 weeks of pay so she should too.

I am deeply concerned that the Secretary of State not only lied to the Commons in response to two of my questions, but she is seemingly continuing to misleading the House now.

She said that she realised she made a mistake after my question, but it then took her 48 hours to come to the House to apologise. It is looking likely that this was not the case and the only reason why she came to the Commons was because she had been found out by the National Audit Office. I am going to continue to work with my Frontbench colleagues to ensure that we get to the bottom of this.

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The National Audit Office (NAO) took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of publishing an open letter informing everyone that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions had misled the Commons when replying to mine and Margaret Greenwood MPs questions on Universal Credit.

Today, the Secretary of State was hauled in front of the Commons to apologise. I demanded an apology for her actions – something that was not forthcoming. But in her response she notes how she went back to her office and realised that she had misled the House. This was on Monday evening. She didn’t appear before the Commons again until after Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday. So questions now stand to why did she not inform me and the House on Tuesday. It now may be the case that the minister has misled the House again when she was pulled in front of us to apologise for misleading the Commons. I will be watching this closely.

Misleading the House under the ministerial code is a sackable offence and if proved that the Secretary of State is a repeat offender she should resign. Thousands of Delyn constituents have seen their Universal Credit payments refused or delays because they make a small mistake on their application forms. How is it right that the Secretary of State can make such massive mistake and still keep her job?