New figures underline Stroud’s jobs crisis, Councils must be given tools to help local people back into work – Cllr Doina Cornell.


As new Office of National Statistics figures published today reveal 2,605 are now claiming unemployment support in Stroud, Labour’s Doina Cornell is calling for greater freedom and support to boost local jobs markets including:


  • Help councils make jobs their number one priority – devolving and funding the delivery of employment services so that councils can use local knowledge to get people into work


  • Target economic recovery support where it is needed most – ensuring that the areas hit hardest by coronavirus receive the most help


  • Build back better – require economic support to use social value commissioning and procurement to promote better work, wages, and access to skills


  • Stop wasting money on expensive private consultants – instead of direct funding only to accountable public bodies such as councils and local community groups


  • Devolve decision-making to the local level – decision making on stimulus projects should be taken away from Whitehall and handed to local and regional governments.


The Claimant Count in Stroud (the number of individuals who are unemployed and claiming job seekers allowance or other unemployment related benefits) in today’s figures is now at 2,605 – up 1,540 in a year.

Doina Cornell said,

“We have to beat this virus, but we have to beat the jobs crisis too. Far too many people in Stroud are locked out of work – they desperately need support to rebuild their lives.

“We can’t wait forever to start fighting the jobs crisis – we need to act now, that’s why councils should be given the tools to act and target economic support where it’s really needed.

“Every day we seem to hear more and more about this government giving out crony contracts to their mates, but we hear nothing about getting those out of work back into jobs. Whether it’s the wrong priorities or incompetence the reality is too many people in Stroud are being left behind – that’s got to change.”


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