May 22 2013 Latest news:
by Denise Roland
Monday, September 17, 2012
Haringey’s jobless are still facing a tougher struggle than neighbours in Camden, Islington and Hackney - with only Newham and Tower Hamlets registering higher rates of unemployment, new figures reveal.
Dreary prospects continue to plague jobseekers as unemployment levels grew to an estimated 13,700 in the last financial year - 1,400 more than the previous year - despite the council’s drive to get more people into work.
But the problem is not shouldered evenly, with the east of the borough faring much worse – Tottenham has more than double the rate of unemployment than the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency, according to the figures from the Office of National Statistics.
David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, said: “The government’s work programme has made no dent into the number of long-term unemployed, with the number of people claiming jobseekers’ allowance for more than a year 40 per cent higher than it was when the programme was launched in June 2011.
“Amongst young people, the picture is even bleaker. Since the riots last year, the number out of work for more than six months has increased by 50pc and the number unemployed for a year has more than tripled.”
He added central government needs to do more to address the issue, saying: “The council have done their best to do their bit for jobs in the local area – creating jobs that are supporting Haringey residents back into work being the jewel in the crown – but they need the support of the government to make a difference.”