Dramatic rise in Doncaster benefit claims

Rosie Winterton MP
Rosie Winterton MP

Doncaster has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people signing on - despite national figures falling.

The borough saw a seven per cent rise of 584 to 8,641 in those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) between December and January this year, the biggest month on month increase since December 2012.

And Doncaster Central 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 said: “In the five years Ed Miliband was a Doncaster MP under the last Labour government, the number of people claiming jobseekers 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.

“Labour’s short-term gimmicks are the biggest threat to the recovery and future security of hardworking people and their families.”