I have been provided information from The Trussell Trust relating to the number of people who have had to access foodbanks in the constituency between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. This follows The Trussell Trusts publication of the full End of Year statistics.

In Delyn, between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, 7,155 three-day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis, with 3,002 of these going to children.

Across the UK, food banks in The Trussell Trust network distributed 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies to help people in crisis, a record rise of 18.8% on the previous year. Of these, 577,618 went to children. This is a measure of volume rather than unique users, and on average people needed two food bank referrals in the last year.

These figures come shortly after unemployment statistics demonstrate that people without work in Delyn continues to rise to 1,200 – or 3.7% of the constituency’s population. Read more “Foodbank use in Delyn”

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.