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.

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.

I am deeply concerned by findings made by the Resolution Foundation, in their report ‘The Living Standards Audit 2018’, which shows that typical household incomes for working-age families grew by just 1.4% (in real terms) less than the average (2.1%) recorded between 1994 and 2007. This has resulted in inequality being little changed for the last decade and relative child poverty has “risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, despite high levels of employment.”

The report states that working-age incomes in 2016-17 were just 4% higher than they were in 2006-07. When you focus on those on low to middle incomes, the Resolution Foundation notes, “the picture is even worse: growth of just 0.3% in 2016-17 left median incomes in the group entirely unchanged on the decade.” Read more “Resolution Foundation Report: Child Poverty on the rise”