MP calls for govt action to boost economy

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WENTWORTH and Dearne MP John Healey is urging the government to do more to boost jobs and growth.

Figures released last week by the Office of National Statistics show unemployment increased by 114,000 people in the three months to August, taking it to 2.57m – the highest it has been since 1994.

In Yorkshire, unemployment increased by 8000 on the quarter and the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance increased by 2,200 on the previous month.

Mr Healey has now cast his vote in favour of a five-point plan for jobs and growth being put forward by Labour.

The plan includes a tax on bank bonuses to fund 100,000 jobs for young people, a temporary VAT cut and a one year national insurance tax break for small firms taking on extra workers.

Mr Healey said: “These shocking figures are clear proof that the government is making the wrong decisions.

“They choked off the recovery last autumn and there has been no growth now for nine months.

“Slower growth means rising unemployment and higher government borrowing.”

He added: “There are now more people out of work than at any point since 1994 and more young people out of work since records began in 1992.

“In South Yorkshire, there are 10 people chasing every job.

“We need a change of direction. We need a new plan.”