“I know from personal experience what a tragedy it is to lose your job and in this difficult time for local families. I am committed to offering the help and support people need at this time. I recently invited Government Minister John Healey to meet with local employers to discuss the types of support they need to keep people in work. I am also working with employers, trade unions, regional agencies and Government Ministers to give people they help they need to get back to work"
“In 1993 under a Tory Government, unemployment stood at 8% and people were shoved into the benefits system with no support to get them back to work. This Government has invested £5 billion over the last few months creating 250,000 jobs, providing training and skills opportunities and offering financial incentives to employers to recruit unemployed people."
"It is absolutely vital there is real action and help available and that people are not just written off.”