Labour concerns over employment scheme
January 02, 2013
The two new Labour Parliamentary candidates have criticised the Government’s Work Programme, saying long-term unemployment in Reading is ‘still disastrously high’.
Labour’s Reading West candidate Victoria Groulef said: “The Government’s Work Programme is comprehensively failing.
“In Reading West and Reading East, long-term unemployment is up by over 80 per cent on the year.”
She added: “Youth unemployment remains a major concern, with over 1,000 young people across the two constituencies unemployed and an over 430 per cent increase in young people out of work for more than 12 months.
“This Government is writing off our young people.”
Matt Rodda, Labour’s Reading East candidate, added: “Last month we found out that the Work Programme is getting fewer people into jobs than if the Government did nothing at all.
"Only two per cent of people referred on to the Work Programme have been placed into jobs across the whole of Reading West and Reading East. It is a disgraceful waste of resources.”