Today figures showed that people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or not in work Universal Credit (UC) fell year on year to August 2015. There are 276 fewer people claiming social security a -27.2% drop. However, there still are 739 people searching for a job.
I welcome these figures, but we must ensure that everyone in Flintshire gets the good job they deserve. Time and time again I am told how people are having to hold multiple jobs to just cover the costs of food and utilities. We need jobs that pay a decent wage.
Figures also released this week show that 1,800 working families in Delyn will be out of pocket by the tune of £1,300 a year due to the proposed Tax Credit changes. I voted against these proposals as it undermines the principle that it is better to be in work than on benefits. The government needs to seriously reconsider its proposals as they are making it harder for working families.