Gordon has slammed the Government for not doing enough support Blackpool’s local economy after the unemployment statistics for June in Blackpool South (8.3%) show it is now more than twice the national average (3.6%).

Statistics from the House of Commons show unemployment in Blackpool South has been on the increase since last November. June’s figures are 60 higher than the month before and 810 higher than this time last year. Youth unemployment (16 to 24) has increased by 125 on this time last year.

Gordon said: “I am very alarmed and disappointed by the continued increase in unemployment generally and youth unemployment in Blackpool South. A further 60 people out of work from last month is worrying because these figures should be going down – especially now we are in the summer season when there is more demand for services from visitors.

“Nine years of Tory austerity and the uncertainty over Brexit is continuing to be very damaging to our local economy. Government Ministers are simply not doing enough to help small northern towns like Blackpool. They are also letting down our younger generation and those who might need to re-skill or retrain.

“The recent select committee report done by the Lords into seaside towns was very clear – we need a town deal for Blackpool to begin to repair some of the damage caused by Tory cuts. Blackpool would also massively benefit from having the funding for skills devolved to locally. We can then be able to better support sectors such as social care and leisure – both of which are areas which are important to Blackpool’s economy.”

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