Local MP, Justin Madders raised concerns in a Parliamentary Question after figures released this week showed that unemployment has risen over the last 12 months in Ellesmere Port & Neston.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency in December 2015 was 1,101. This is 122 higher than in December 2014.
While unemployment declined as a national figure, it has increased in the last year in over 100 constituencies. The problem seems to be more serious in the North, as of the 75 constituencies where unemployment rose most, just 7 were in the south of England.
At Business Questions today (21st January 2016), Justin asked the Leader of the House of Commons for a debate on the issue:
“I was disappointed by the Prime Minister’s triumphalism on unemployment, because yet again unemployment went up in my constituency, as it has done in many constituencies.
And of the 75 where it went up most, just 7 were in the south of England.
So can we have an urgent debate on the continuing North-South divide, before the Northern Powerhouse goes the way of the Big Society and hug a hoodie?”
Commenting Justin said:
“While the national fall in unemployment is clearly good news, the effects are not being felt evenly. Many communities, particularly in the North West have seen unemployment rise in the last year.
The Conservative Government appear to be totally complacent about this issue and frankly, the Northern Powerhouse isn’t something that anyone I speak to locally can recognise as anything more than a PR stunt.
I will continue to put pressure on the Government to address the North-South divide, which is widening on their watch.”