Unemployment Levels: Towns and Cities

Part of Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 6 March 2023.

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Photo of Kate Hollern Kate Hollern Labour, Blackburn

We hear of a record number of vacancies, yet so many who are looking to get into work are out of work. In Blackburn, the claimant count among 18 to 24-year-olds is at 7.9%, against a national rate of 4.6%. What is the Minister doing to bring down barriers to work such as unaffordable childcare, transport, a failed apprenticeship scheme and a levelling-up agenda that is just not meeting the skills agenda?