Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Let’s get 495 people in Thurrock into work urges Polly Billington

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.”


  1. Liam Byrne, the treasury secretary that left the note saying soryy we’ve spent all the money good luck. Now there’s a man who you can trust. And PR Polly is looking more and more like a member of the WI. Really down with the workers.

  2. It’s a shame that Polly was not concerned about people being in work under the 13 years that Labour were in government. I find it pointless for Labour people to moan about things now when the wheels were in motion for all these problems over a decade ago, under their partys leadership.

    Had Labour not completely given up on its own workforce and limited immigration to key workers and highly skilled professionals than there would be more jobs in the first place. Had Labour spent time and money training youngsters in proper professions rather than pushing everyone into university to attain undervalued degrees than we would now have a new generation of British born plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, care workers, nurses etc.

    The only reason why Labour are acting is because they know that whichever party brings welfare under control will be popular with a large chunk of the UK public otherwise they would have left the situation as it was while advocating the virtues of even more immigration and wefare subsidy.

    To those who say the Tories are ‘ruining the country’ need to look carefully at the anti-British policies of the last lot.

  3. Well said Bernard87. They had this scheme the last time they were in power so it’s nothing new. A friend of mine was given a job with the DWP. After a year they got rid of him even though his boss said they needed him. He hasn’t worked for 4 1/2 years now. It doesn’t work.

    The reason Labour keep attacking the Tories welfare reforms is because they know they will have to carry them on when they are in power. Can you imagine Ed explaining that away to his supporters.

    I hear Balls was blustering on the radio again yesterday about how they were going to spend spend spend. They best ask the banks and the IMF first I think. Oh and Tony Blair. He knows Labour are on their way to oblivion again.

  4. One other question Polly might want to answer. Why does she think the industry she works in holds the moral high ground over bankers. Her industry takes millions of pounds from the banking industry to try to make thme look better. I think the PR industry is a vacuous half truth peddler. How about the ambulance chasers and human rights leeches in the law profession the Labour party love so much. Are they more morally responsible to the country than the bankers. The Labour party introduced the ECHR so Wifey at the time could make a load of cash. Very Moral. How about we introduce a special tax rate for them too.

  5. Bankers are an easy target fro Labour as they know that they have no hope in hell of getting the City of London to support them again so it’s full steam ahead with the ‘banker bashing’.

    Funny enough it works with a sizeable amount of the UK population who blame the bankers for the reason why the economy is in tatters, the fact that they haven’t personally won the lottery yet or the fact that their housing benefit is being taken away ‘unfairly’. These types of voters are now Labours bread and butter along with immigrants. Very few ‘working men’ vote Labour in Southern England.

    I also do not see how this scheme would work considering Labour loves high immigration.

  6. Humans Rights lawyors are more damaging to the UK than Bankers but they’ll be left alone as they vote Labour.


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