New figures reveal that unemployment is continuing to rise locally in what Tracy Brabin MP says is yet another sign the government has “abandoned” communities like Batley and Spen.

The total number of unemployed benefit claimants in Batley and Spen has risen to 2,490 in February 2019 – an increase of 735 on the previous year.

The figure represents a rate of 4.7% of the economically active population aged 16-64, compared to 3.3% across the UK.

Over 500 of the claimants are aged 18- 24, the latest Office for National Statistics data shows.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “The Tory government’s continued boasts about increased employment shows how little attention they pay to communities like Batley and Spen.

“It is yet another sign that we are being abandoned by a Tory government who use employment statistics to hide the reality that more working families are living in poverty and more people are stuck in low-paid, insecure jobs.

“After almost a decade of cuts we desperately need the government to commit to sustainable, long-term investment for our community.

“We have so much to offer here in Batley and Spen and it’s about time we were given the same opportunities as everyone else.”

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