Unemployment Figures December 2015

Dear friends, I thought I would share with you all some figures I recently received from the House of Commons Library. The total number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in December 2015 was 3,782. This represents a rate of 8.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 4th highest of […]

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Unemployment figures – November 2015

Dear friends, I thought I would share with you all some figures I recently received from the House of Commons Library. The total number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in November 2015 was 3,887. This represents a rate of 8.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 4th highest of […]

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Unemployment Figures – October 2015

Dear friends,   I thought I would share with you all some figures I recently received from the House of Commons Library. The total number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in October 2015 was 3,921. This represents a rate of 8.7% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 4th highest […]

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Unemployment figures – September 2015

  Dear friends, I thought I would share with you some figures from the House of Commons Library on unemployment in Hodge Hill which I’ve received today. The total number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in September 2015 was 3,987. This is 907 lower than in September 2014 but represents a rise of 31 when […]

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Visit to Washwood Heath Jobcentre

Dear friends, It was great to visit the jobcentre in Washwood Heath today and talk to the local team. They do some really great work helping people find employment and work experience. Here are some photos from the visit: All the best, Liam

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My speech to Labour Party Conference in Brighton, 23rd September 2013

Conference – It’s a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. That’s not a sign of weakness, that’s a sign of our strength. We are so much stronger and our policy is so much better for the work of Unison’s Liz Snape, the TUC’s Kay Carberry, for the […]

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The Work Programme is still failing

Three years into the parliament it’s failed over a million people. That’s nearly nine out of ten people on this flagship programme. Worse of all, the government missed every single one of its minimum targets and in nearly half the country, the Work Programme is literally worse than doing nothing. No wonder the benefits bill […]

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June 28th, 2013

The government tries to talk tough on welfare, but their failure is locking millions out of work, and is sending the benefits bill through the roof.

“This government talks to tough on welfare but their failure to end Britain’s jobs crisis is locking millions out of work and sending the benefits bill through the roof.” “We urgently need a work programme that works and real action to get young people into jobs. That’s how to get welfare spending under control.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9951213/Benefits-spending-up-6.4billion-in-just-three-months-but-LibDems-insist-budget-cannot-be-cut.html

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March 25th, 2013

Cameron’s Government now so incompetent it can’t even organise work experience

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Appeal Court ruling on the Employment, Skills and Enterprise scheme, said: “It beggars belief that David Cameron’s Government is now so incompetent it can’t even organise work experience. Work experience is crucial in helping many young people get ready for work. “Two years in, […]

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