Doncaster has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of people signing on - despite national figures falling.
The borough saw a seven per cent rise in the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance between December and January this year. The 584 increase in claimants to 8,641 was the biggest month-on-month increase since December 2012.
Doncaster Central Labour MP Rosie Winterton claims that Government policies are not helping people to find work.
She said: “Nationally there has been a fall in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits, but that is not the case here in Doncaster – where hundreds more people have been forced to sign on.
“The figures show that the Government’s policies are not helping people in our borough find work – in fact the figure is now higher than it was in December 2010.
“They must do more to ensure continued investment in Doncaster’s economy to help create jobs and growth.”
Conservative MP Nigel Adams defended the figures, saying: “In the five years Ed Miliband was a Doncaster MP under the last Labour government, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Doncaster doubled. Under this Conservative led government, it has fallen by nearly 20 per cent.
“Under the Conservatives there are now 1.3 million more people in work.
“Labour left nearly half a million more people without a job and let Doncaster down.
“Our long term economic plan is helping get people back into work, with the security of a pay packet coming in at the end of each month and the ability to provide for their families.
“Labour’s short-term gimmicks are the biggest threat to the recovery and future security.”