Recently published Office of National Statistics figures show the number of people receiving universal credit in Stevenage has jumped to 5922 in April from 3825 in March. That’s an increase of 55% and that’s just during the early stages of coronavirus lockdown. How the level of unemployment has grown since April is not yet public and in addition, we can guess that many on furlough at the moment may not have jobs to return to in future.
Where’s the Government plan for jobs for those who are unemployed after COVID?
Labour proposed the “Green Industrial Revolution” in its manifesto and is now rapidly consulting with businesses, workers, unions and others on how elements of a green recovery could be rapidly implemented to mitigate unemployment during the coming crash. This will be particularly important for young people. The Resolution Foundation has forecast 600,000 people under 24 years of age could be unemployed in the coming year as a consequence of the pandemic.
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