Jim McGovern presses UK government on unemployment in Dundee

24 January 2012

Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, pressed the Treasury to do more to create jobs and tackle child poverty in Dundee, and asked if they were working alongside the Scottish Executive to achieve this.

This comes in the wake of a series of concerning statistics being released.

Unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, continues to increase in Dundee West. Child and wider poverty fails to fall, and economic growth stagnates.

Jim McGovern said,

"The government’s response to my question was disappointing.

"I pointed out that the best way to cure the scandal of high levels of child poverty in Scotland was to get parents into work.

Many people are finding this impossible in Dundee because for every 1 job vacancy there are 12 jobseekers in the city."

"Changes to benefits and back to work schemes cannot solve this problem, only economic growth and job creation can.

"It is alarming that the Treasury has no answer to this extremely concerning situation.

"Dundee needs a plan for growth.

"Deep cuts made too quickly are restricting demand in the economy and cutting off recovery.

"What is urgently needed are new ideas and a new direction."

Mr McGovern concluded,

"Dundee has great potential and a bright future, but more needs to be done to tackle poverty and high unemployment.

"What is needed is economic leadership from London and Edinburgh, but between Tory dithering and the SNP’s warm words failing to become a reality, I fear we are some way off from seeing that leadership emerge."


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