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Christmas On The Dole in Cornwall

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5:09pm 21st December 2012

Unemployed for the second Christmas in a row: Pirate FM has learnt more than 2000 people in Cornwall have been out of work for more than a year.

Now unions are warning the government is not doing enough to help tackle the long-term problem for people like David Mitchell from Camborne: "I had to give up full-time work five years ago to look after my disabled mother and to get back into work at almost 61 is not easy. What jobs there are, are jobs with people who've had experience.

"To be told I'm a scrounger because I don't own my own house and I don't have a job, it is degrading, it is humiliating and I can understand where people have committed suicide through sheer frustration."

The TUC is demanding ministers take action.

South-West spokesman Nigel Costley says: "For those who have got this long-term unemployment, particularly young people, they really do deserve greater assistance and better targeted help than they're getting at the moment."

5:09pm 21st December 2012

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