The Rugby Observer have published my letter today on the devastating youth unemployment statistics (youth unemployment has doubled in Rugby in only 9 months) and how Labour in Rugby will be campaigning on the Five Point Plan for Jobs and Growth.
Labour leader Ed Miliband told students at South Warwickshire College’s Power Academy this week that youth unemployment in Rugby has doubled in the last nine months. This a shocking indictment of the Plan A for Austerity being pursued by the Government, with Mark Pawsey's support.
Even as unemployment this week rises to 2.62 million, the Government and its Lib Dem lackeys remain dogmatically focused on austerity at the expense of a Plan B - policies to stimulate growth. There is an alternative. During their visit to Rugby, Ed Miliband and Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna discussed Labour's five-point Plan for Jobs and Growth with students. It includes a temporary reversal of the Government's VAT rise, giving a much-needed £450 boost for a couple with children and respite for Rugby's struggling high streets. It also proposes a bank bonus tax which to pay for a youth jobs fund, helping 54,400 18-24-year-olds on the dole in the West Midlands get back into work and build up to 1,900 new homes. There would be help for local businesses too - 170,000 small firms in the West Midlands would get a one year national insurance tax break if they take on extra workers.
Rugby Labour members will be campaigning on this in town centre and elsewhere in the coming weeks, setting out a positive and credible alternative to the policies of this Government that are squandering the huge potential of the people of Rugby and the wider nation.