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Thousands Face Second Christmas On Dole In Southwest

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7:02am 22nd December 2014

More than nine thousand people in the southwest are set to spend their second Christmas in a row on the dole.

The TUC says the number claiming long term fell this year.

But it warns there are more unemployed young people.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “One Christmas out of work is hard enough, but by the second Christmas your savings will all be gone and your confidence has probably taken a significant hit. It’s hard to bring some festive cheer to your family in that situation, especially for parents who want to make Christmas special for their children.

“If the government’s Work Programme for long-term unemployed people had performed as well as the ministers said it was going to, there would be far fewer people facing a second Christmas on the dole.

“What’s more, there has been a worrying rise in the proportion of long-term unemployed people not receiving any help at all. The government should focus on providing long-term unemployed people with proper support to move back into work rather than blaming them for our unequal jobs recovery.”

7:02am 22nd December 2014

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