New research shows unemployment has risen in the North of England by 100,000 in the last year
- statistics show women are being hardest hit
Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, will visit Manchester tomorrow (Wednesday) on the day the latest labour market stats are released.
Rachel – together with Lucy Powell, Labour's Manchester Central candidate and Councillor Afzal Khan – will visit a Sure Start Centre and speak to mums struggling to make ends meet and cope with the cost of childcare and tax credit changes.
New IPPR research shows unemployment has risen in the North of England by 100,000 in the last year.
Last month quarterly unemployment in the North West increased to 325,000 - the highest rate in the UK. The worrying statistics show an increasing number of women have been forced to leave work. In the last two years the number of female JSA claimants has increased 29% in Greater Manchester, compared to a rise of 3% in the male population.
Yesterday’s census results showed there’s been a 32% increase in the number 0-4 year-olds in Manchester. In 2011 there were 36,400 aged 4 or under, compared to 24,693 in 2001.
Despite this Manchester's children’s services budget has been cut by £45.1m. Manchester’s 39 Sure Start centres will stay open under Labour Council plans to save them from the axe.
Rachel Reeves MP, Labour's Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:
"Britain is now one of just two G20 countries in a double-dip recession. Our economy has shrunk over the last 18 months, long-term unemployment is soaring and borrowing is going up.
"The Government's plan has completely failed. That's why we need a change of course and a real plan for jobs and growth. Without urgent action now, Britain will pay a very heavy long-term price."
Lucy Powell, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, said:
“For many people being in work is becoming unaffordable. The number of women now unemployed unable to find enough hours and the right hours around their childcare costs is only going to increase.
“We are looking at a huge ticking time bomb of economically inactive women the legacy of which will last for years. It's a false economy from this out-of-touch government. Making work pay for women and providing affordable childcare will save money in the long run.”