Jan 16 2014

Bob Blackman MP Welcomes Fall in Long-Term Unemployment in Harrow East

bob_blackmanMember of Parliament for Harrow East, Bob Blackman, has welcomed new statistics showing that long-term unemployment in Harrow East has fallen substantially in the last year, while there has also been a fall in the number of claimants for benefits related to unemployment.

Responding to a Parliamentary Question raised by Mr Blackman, the Minister of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, highlighted the positive news that long-term unemployment in Harrow East has fallen by 16%, with youth unemployment in particular falling by an enormous 28%. Furthermore, the number of people claiming related benefit in our area has fallen by 23% in the last year.

Bob Blackman, said: “These figures prove that the Government’s strategy of helping the long-term unemployed back into work through the Work Programme is really working. The people of Harrow are hard working and industrious and often all that is required is a helping hand back onto the job ladder. I am also very proud that youth unemployment in particular is falling so fast in our area and is now at its lowest level for a decade nationwide.”

Under the previous Government welfare spending increased by 60 per cent – rising even before the recession hit. By 2010 this was costing every household in Britain an extra £3,000 a year.

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  1. John Clement

    Brilliant should be even easier to get a taxi or a kebab.

  2. Cllr Willy Stoodley

    Bob – it would be much more helpful to those of us looking for jobs in Harrow East (aka ME right now and YOU next year!) if you could post the vacancies? Which would also prove my theory wrong that this is all lies and there aren’t actually any jobs in Harrow East! Coz if there are, I can start in the morning!

    In fact, dear readers, I must get around to walking into the job centre and saying to them, “You know that thing you do to people after 13 weeks where you just TELL them that, due to their still being unemployed, they’re starting any old job first thing in the morning? Well can you do that to me RIGHT NOW?!!!!” [I’ll let you know how I get on].

    Perhaps I should take my nephew’s g – oh never mind – don’t want to start all that again!!

  3. Praxis Reform

    What is it was all the Bob Blackman welcomes this, that and the other recently? Surely welcoming and expressing gratitude for extra funding, fire engines and falls in employment falls under the remit of the borough’s Mayor?

    If I was a cynical person, I’d say it looks like old Bob is just trying to coat-tail the credit for whatever scraps the Government is handing out to all boroughs.

    I don’t recall any articles where Bob states “I think Harrow needs more Fire Engines, and I’m going to get the Government to pull it’s finger out and give the borough what it needs”? or “I have plans to help the unemployed of Harrow” or “I’ll be negotiation with the Treasury to get Harrow some extra funding”, etc. etc.

    So, without him having set something in motion, how can we credit him for something it seems the borough would be getting regardless?

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