Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

500 days and counting: PM urged to listen as the number of workless households in East Durham soar to an all time high.

June 6, 2012 Press Releases 0

Grahame Morris MP has once again called on the Prime Minister to support private sector jobs in Easington as new figures show a sharp rise in the number of jobless households.

The number of households where no one has ever worked rose sharply in the last quarter of 2011 to 291,000 – a rise of over 7% on the year before.

Labour has revealed House of Commons library research showing the Government is now set to spend an extra £9 billion more than planned on welfare payments and housing benefits, due to rising unemployment.

And fresh revelations confirm:

  • The unemployment Minister, Chris Grayling, was forced to admit that some Government contractors may leave the troubled Work Programme – but he claimed to be ‘relaxed’ about it. The Programme has been hit by allegations of fraud at some of the contractors.
  • The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies said botched council tax benefit changes will ‘severely undermine’ the new Universal Credit set to be introduced in just over a year’s time.

Easington MP Grahame Morris said:

“The North East continues to be hit the hardest by the Government’s Austerity programme, which is sucking demand out of our economy.

The Government’s promised private sector led recovery has failed to materialise. Their attack on working people with excessive public spending cuts, tax rises, and Beecroft’s “no fault sacking” has undermined consumer confidence needed to stimulate growth.

One year after the Government’s Work Programme started we’ve seen the number of people out of work in Easington go up by 20 %. One of the highest year on year increases in unemployment in the country.

Locally, over the past weeks we have seen over a thousand job losses with the closure of Cumbrian Seafoods in Seaham, and JD Sports and Dewhurst in Peterlee.

It is no surprise the number of households where someone has never worked has hit an all time high. The Government failed Work Programme will mean an extra £9 billion being spent on welfare payments and housing benefit rather than supporting jobs and growth.

It is nearly 500 days since I first invited the Prime Minister to Easington, yet despite being one of the most deprived communities in the country, David Cameron refuses to accept my invitation or listen to our concerns.

The problems we are now facing are at crisis point and I have once again invited the Prime Minister to visit Easington and lend his support to those private sector regeneration projects in Murton, and Peterlee that continue to face unjustifiable delays at this time”