LABOUR candidate for Thurrock, Polly Billington has today revealed new figures showing that under Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee hundreds of long-term unemployed people in Thurrock would be found real work or face losing their benefits.
Labour’s plans would create fully funded jobs for anyone out of work for more than two years, or one year if they are under 25.
They would be offered a job with training and prospects, paid for says Polly by taxing bankers’ bonuses and restricting pension tax relief for the wealthiest.
Polly Billington said: “Even with DP World starting to recruit, there are far too many people in Thurrock without work. We urgently need Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get 495 people in Thurrock into work now.
“The government stood by when Coryton oil refinery closed, losing 800 jobs. The Work Programme doesn’t work and long-term unemployment is too high. Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee would ensure that anyone out of work for two years, or one year if they are under 25, would get a job – one they would be required to take or face losing their benefits.
“When I meet people in Thurrock who say welfare needs sorting out, I agree with them. Thurrock desperately needs welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works. That’s why we need a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get our area working again.”
Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:
“This government’s welfare revolution is in tatters. The Work Programme is worse than doing nothing, universal credit is descending into universal chaos and George Osborne’s last Budget was such a disaster that even more people are now forecast to join the dole queue.
“What we need to bring the welfare bill down is a tough but fair plan to get Britain back to work – not another raid on tax credits from working families.”