I am troubled by the rise in youth unemployment in the constituency and the stagnation in overall unemployment with levels remaining stubbornly high.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in September 2019 was 1,265.
This represents a rate of 3.9% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 3.7%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 3.9% in June to August 2019.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 205 higher than September 2018 and 10 higher than August 2019.
There were 285 claimants aged 18-24 in September 2019, 45 higher than September 2018. Read more “Unemployment: September 2019”
During Justice Questions I asked the Secretary of State what action he is doing to reduce reoffending through employment.
I pointed out that the UK Government is the largest employer in the UK – be it through direct employment or contracts to the private sector. Often we hear of the UK Government calling on the private sector to employ ex-offenders, but we also need a strategy from the UK Government as well.
It is vital that we have an employment strategy for offenders in place so that we can cut the risk of them re-offending and help them rejoin society. If we fail this we will see a rotating door between prisons and our communities.
I have received figures from the Living Wage Campaign which show that 34.1% of people in work in Delyn earn less than they need to live on. The figure for Wales is 24.7%.
The Living Wage Campaign is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. They accredit businesses as Living Wage employers to demonstrate that they pay their staff a wage calculated on the real cost of living.
When you combine these dreadful figures with those of child poverty and employment you can see that Delyn is being left behind by the UK Government. We know that some parts of Delyn have child poverty rates, after housing costs, of 42.6% (Holywell Central ward). This is not just a problem isolated in small parts of the constituency. The figures show that child poverty is high in all areas of Delyn. A quick snapshot shows that poverty rates stand at: Read more “Less than a third of Delyn workers earn what they need to live on”
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.