Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:
“We now have definitive proof the Government has simply failed to get Britain back to work. Today we've learned the number in work is down, unemployment is up, and more people are out of work for longer. Yet despite a jobs crisis, the government did literally nothing in the Queen's Speech to help. Now instead of debating how to get Britain back on track, Tory MPs are bickering amongst each other in yet another Tory Euro-war. Families struggling for work will be asking quite simply, what planet are these people on?
“Our economy is flatling, and simply isn’t creating enough jobs. For the second month in a row, the number of people in work has fallen - and fallen sharply. Nearly one in five of those unemployed have been out of work for two years - and lots of part-time and temporary workers lost their jobs. The world of work has now become highly insecure.
“We need a change of course today – starting with a Jobs Bill to bring in Labour's Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get anyone out of work for more than two years back into a job; a job people must take or lose their benefits.”