Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 10:22 AM Debbie Abrahams

The rise in unemployment is further evidence of the Tories’ economic failure – Abrahams

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:

“The rise in unemployment is further evidence of the Tories’ economic failure, which has resulted in regional inequalities, wages failing to keep up with prices and millions of workers trapped in low paid, insecure work.

“Eight million people in working households live in poverty and the number of children in poverty is set to soar to a record 5.2 million over the next five years.

“Labour will reform the Government’s failing Universal Credit programme, introduce a £10 an hour Real Living Wage and scrap the public sector pay cap to build a high wage, high skill economy for the many, not the few.”