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”
I have welcomed the news that there has been a small decline in unemployment in the constituency. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in June 2018 was 970.
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 4.2% in March to May 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 235 higher than June 2017 and 10 lower than May 2018. Read more “Unemployment: June 2018”
During Work and Pensions questions on Monday, as well as being drawn to ask a question on Personal Independence Payments, I was able to ask a Topical Question.
I ask the Minister, following the news that Santander bank is offering 1 hour zero hours contracts taking away any job security to those seeking work, if he would pledge that the Department of Work and Pensions would ban the advertisement of any job like that in a Jobcentre in this country.
The Minister dodged my question. Instead he chose to talk about zero hours contracts in general, instead of focusing on the specifics of 1 hour zero hour contracts. It demonstrates a detachment from the world of work and people’s desire for stable decent jobs.