MP slams cuts as going ‘too far’

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A SHEFFIELD Labour MP has criticised the Government’s economic policy after the area’s jobless total increased in recent months following a fall last year.

Paul Blomfield, who represents Sheffield Central, believes the statistics show cuts are being made ‘too far, too fast’.

According to the Office of National Statistics, the unemployment rate has been static at 4.4 per cent in Sheffield over the last three months - after falling to four per cent at the end of 2010, following a five-year high of 4.6 per cent at the start of last year.

Mr Blomfield said: “Creating jobs should be the top priority, for which we need economic growth. But this Government’s policies are slowing growth.”

But a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister and Hallam MP, Nick Clegg, said: “The most important thing is that we do what is necessary to turn the economy around and create jobs. The recovery will take a long time and is likely to be choppy, but we are determined to create jobs and put the country back on track.”

The Government has announced it is spending up to £5 billion helping long-term unemployed back to work - which is set to target 68,000 people in South Yorkshire.