Jim McGovern condemns Autumn Statement as an ‘admission of failure’

5 December 2012

Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, has today condemned the Chancellor’s autumn state as an admission that he was failing to reduce the deficit, to get the economy growing and failing to tackle unemployment.

The Chancellor admitted that economic growth was far worse than predicted, with the Office of Budget Responsibility predicting that the economy will shrink by 0.1% in the next year.

This dire picture was bought home to Dundee by Scotland Office minister David Mundell, while responding to a question put to him by Jim McGovern on Dundee’s unemployment levels during a Westminster Hall debate on unemployment in Scotland before the Chancellor’s statement.

He announced that the government had commissioned a report into why the City of Dundee was the worst performing local authority area for Work Programme success in the United Kingdom.

Dundee’s jobless total now stands at 5,517 people claiming job seekers allowance.

Official statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions revealed earlier this week that only 1.4% of participants in the government’s new work programme went on to find work, making it the worst performing area in the United Kingdom.

Jim McGovern said,

“It is clear that beneath the Chancellor’s bluster today he has admitted failure in tackling the economic crisis.

"The country is borrowing more, the deficit is increasing and more people are out of work.

"This is totally unacceptable.”

“What the people of Dundee need is a plan B, like that proposed by the Labour Party, which will see economic growth and create jobs.

"The country did not see that in the Autumn Statement.

"More ideological cutting with no plan for growth will only continue this on-going disaster.”

Jim McGovern concluded,

“I will be seeking further clarification into the extent and nature of the government report into Dundee’s work programme crisis.

"I hope from it they realise that their economic and welfare policies are badly failing the people of Dundee.”

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