Claimant count shows Government action “too little, too late”

The significant increase in those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is a clear sign that the minimal actions taken by the Scottish and UK Governments to tackle the crisis are too little too late, North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said today.

He said:

“The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Aberdeen has increased by nearly 70% since this time last year, and by an incredible 92% in Aberdeenshire.

“These figures are an illustration of the human cost of the oil and gas crisis, and clear evidence that the SNP’s delayed reaction is simply too little too late.

“What we are seeing today is a result of thousands of people who were made redundant several months ago, now signing on for the first time as their redundancy money runs out.

"That means many of the people losing their jobs today may not show up in official figures for some months to come.

“For months Ministers preferred to stick their heads in the sand, pretending there was no crisis in the North Sea. Action should have been taken much sooner, then perhaps we would not be faced with such damaging unemployment figures in the North East.

“The SNP were simply wrong not to take action sooner, and today’s figures show it is ordinary men and women who are paying the price for this delay."

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