As a local Labour Parliamentary Candidate for the General Election, I spend a great deal of time meeting with local people, listening to their hopes and concerns. Something I hear more and more are concerns about jobs; the lack of good jobs for our young people, job insecurity and low pay.
The economy isn’t working for working people and the cost of low pay and insecure work is adding billions to social security budgets.
Long term youth unemployment has soared under the Tories, costing tax payers over £300 million a year. At the same time low paid and insecure work is leaving more people reliant on benefits to help pay their bills. Under the Tories we’ve seen record numbers of people who can’t get the hours or work they want, costing the country over £1 billion a year in benefits.
Meanwhile Nick Clegg has been too weak to stand up to David Cameron and has backed the Tories failed approach all the way. As for UKIP they want to abolish your rights as a worker, including parental leave, maternity pay, holiday pay, sick pay, and even redundancy pay.
In the Labour Party we’re determined to do something about the problem. We will:
• Back the next generation with a job guarantee for the young unemployed
• Tackle the abuse of migrant labour to undercut wages by banning recruitment agencies that only hire foreign workers
• Make sure that unemployed young people who don’t have the skills they need to get a job are in training, not on benefits
• Make work pay by increasing the National Minimum Wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage
But I want to hear your views on what more needs to be done to create a healthy, prosperous and integrated community.
You can let me know your views by visiting my website at www.scott4berwick.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @scott4berwick or completing my survey and returning it to me via post or email. Links can be found below.