Barnsley MP welcomes job scheme

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East.
Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East.
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Compulsory jobs schemes are needed to get Barnsley’s young people back into work, an MP has claimed.

As figures reveal long-term unemployment among the town’s 18 to 24-year-olds has rocketed over the past three years, Michael Dugher has backed Labour leader Ed Miliband’s new guarantee.

The party has promised that every young person out of work for more than 12 months will be given a paid starter job, which they will have to take up or lose benefits, if Labour wins the next election.

In Barnsley the number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has increased by 106 per cent since January 2011.

Mr Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, said: “It is very concerning that nationally the number of young people claiming JSA for more than 12 months has doubled since 2010.

“This is unacceptable. So if Labour wins the next election we will get young people and the long-term unemployed in Barnsley off benefits and into work.

“Those who can work will be required to take up the jobs on offer or lose their benefits.

“A life on benefits will simply not be an option.”