MP's budget speech: 760 per cent more Rotherham young people claiming Jobseekers Allowance for a year

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In today's budget debate, Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, made a plea to the Chancellor to start taking the youth unemployment crisis seriously. With over 730,000 more young people out of work under David Cameron's Government than in 2005, Sarah spoke of the grim picture of almost a million young people still not in education, employment or training.

The Labour MP said: Allow me to paint a picture of the crisis as it stands in my constituency. The census showed that over 50 per cent of young people in Rotherham are either unemployed or economically inactive.

If you compare the number of young people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in my constituency under this Government, with the equivalent in the last four years of the Labour Government, it has increased dramatically.

I was flabbergasted to find out that it hadn't increased twenty per cent or even fifty per cent, but by an incredible seven hundred and sixty per cent.

A seven hundred and sixty per cent increase in young people in Rotherham claiming for a year under this Government; you couldn't even make it up.

That figure alone is enough to make me ask what the Chancellor has been doing to support unemployed young people in Rotherham in the last four years. What hope has he offered them in this budget?

The answer is clear, very little indeed.

Speaking after the debate Sarah said: I was delighted to be given the chance to speak out for young people in Rotherham today, as I am so shocked to see the increase in young people claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

If you compare the average number of young job seekers claiming for a year under the Tory Government, it is 760 per cent higher, compared to the average number at the end of the Labour Government.

I am glad that the Chancellor has committed to increasing the number of new apprenticeships available to 100,000, but that is a drop in the ocean compared to what is really needed when 12 young people apply for every position.

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