By Daniel Wood
An unemployment crisis is feared across the whole of the UK.
People in the tens of thousands across Yorkshire are at risk of losing their jobs due to the end of the Government’s furlough scheme, according to the Labour party.
A total of around 17,000 workers in Kirklees could be left without a form of employment.
That is just a fraction of the millions of jobs that are at risk across the country.
Labour Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, says an estimated 109,000 people living in areas that have additional Covid-19 restrictions in Yorkshire face a “jobs cliff edge” in a few weeks’ time.
In addition to this, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to safeguard people’s livelihoods by getting a hold of the crisis and avoiding a possible unemployment catastrophe.
Ms Dodds responded to Mr Sunak’s ten-minute conference speech by saying that he had nothing to say to people with jobs at risk.
She added: “Britain risks the worst unemployment crisis in decades and Rishi Sunak’s name will be all over it.”
According to Ms. Dodds, uncertain times are ahead for the areas operating under localised restrictions imposed by the Government, because of the ending furlough scheme when October ends.
Labour has made accusations about the Chancellor’s failure to support businesses and communities that are currently most at risk of a second wave.
The estimated number of workers on furlough in mid-September throughout Yorkshire:
Mr Sunak has apparently failed to deliver an economic package to protect businesses and jobs most at risk, despite a rise in infections across the region.
Ms Dodds added further: “The Government’s failure to get a functioning track, trace and isolate system working means large swathes of the country, including in the North West, are now under additional restrictions and face a jobs cliff edge.
“Labour urged the Chancellor to introduce a wage support scheme that incentivised employers to keep more staff on.”
She says that the calls were ignored and that has resulted in nearly a million jobs being at risk across the country when the furlough scheme ends. Ms. Dodds stressed that Rishi Sunak must “get a grip of the jobs crisis before it’s too late.”
6 days ago
Today KLTV is looking back on some of our legacy videos. Our 2014 production, Food Banks in Kirklees, remains as relevant as ever. It discusses important issues such as poverty in Kirklees, the need for food banks, personal stories, and shows the people that have gone the extra mile to help out in the community.
Approximately 1.9 million people used a food bank in the UK in 2019/20, which is around 300 thousand more than the previous year.
According to The Trussell Trust’s midyear stats they gave out, on average, 2,600 parcels to children every day in the first six months of the pandemic in the UK. They are also expecting this winter to be their networks busiest time ever.
Now is an apt time to reflect on our community in Kirklees and how we can continue helping each over and moving forward as a community.
Those speaking in the 2014 production show the harsh reality of needing food banks and asks questions of ‘Why do we need food banks?’ and ‘What needs to change?’, but continues to show what we can achieve when communities come together.
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