Gordon has hit out at the Tory Government for continuing to fail young people with youth unemployment numbers continuing to rise in Blackpool South.

Statistics from the House of Commons Library show the number of 18 to 24s out of work has increased by 155 from this time last year. The number of people unemployed generally has gone up by 940 from this time last year. This represents 8.5% of the economically active population in Blackpool South – more than double the UK average.

Gordon said: “The continual rise in unemployment, especially at the peak of the summer when there is more demand for services from visitors, is very worrying. The out of work figures should be going down, not up. This will be made worse by the number of people on zero and low hour contracts – and highlights further the fragility of our local economy.

“Successive Tory Governments have failed Blackpool’s young people. Since 2010 over £750 million has been stripped from the council budgets. This has made it far harder to support young people to access training schemes, careers guidance services and other employment programmes.

“In spite of these the cuts, I have seen some very good work being done by training groups such as St Camillus, who are working with local hotels like La Tour in offering traineeships for young people. The same is being done at Blackpool FC Community Trust with their own twelve week programme.

“The failure of Tory ministers to have any sort of industrial or employment strategy, combined with a failure to support small businesses and in their skills strategies, are reflected in the relentless rise in joblessness for people over the age of 24 in these figures as well. That’s why as Labour’s Shadow Skills Minister I have been driving forward with urgency our new Lifelong Learning initiatives.

“Our National Education Service will offer people in Blackpool of all ages the skill, training and decent job prospects they need in the 21st century. Our economy desperately need a strategy for skills an training, but also one which empowers people and gives them the opportunities to grow as individuals.”

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