Rise in Youth Unemployment underlines need for an Economic Plan to Get Swindon Working

According to the latest statistics youth unemplyment in Swindon has more than trebled since the Tories gained control of Swindon Council from 2.5% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2011.

The people of Swindon will be therefore be extremely concerned to learn that the Tory Council appears to have no clear economic strategy for Swindon. The cuts to the Connexions service and scrapping of the Future Jobs Fund will make this problem even worse.

The worldwide recession has left many local people looking for work or fearful about losing their job. UK unemployment rose by 114,000 between June and August to 2.57 million – a 17-year high, according to official figures.

We know how corrosive and damaging unemployment is to local communities, and how demoralising the search for work can be. The economic future of Swindon depends on keeping people in work, and building a bright economic future for our town. Instead of cutting public services we need to build the new businesses, the new jobs and the new economy that our country and town needs.

This is why Swindon Labour is building an economic strategy to get Swindon working . It is crucial that we develop a clear economic plan to take Swindon forward. Our plans include a Green New Deal for Swindon aimed at placing Swindon at the forefront of creating new green collar jobs. Alongside a clear plan for the regeneration of Swindon we also propose a new Inward Investment Unit to market Swindon and encourage businesses to move to the town.