Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, Mike Rumbles, has criticised both the Scottish and UK Governments for a continued lack of meaningful action on unemployment in the North East.
Figures released by the Employment Department highlighted in MacKay Consultants Monthly Economic Report (September) demonstrated that the number of claims for unemployment benefits in the North East almost doubled in the space of a year from 3,658 to 6,180.
Commenting today, Mr Rumbles said:
“Though I welcome the attempts to generate employment in the area, these figures demonstrate a disappointing lack of improvement and a failure to truly address the scale of the problem in the North East.”
“The North East has been the powerhouse of the Scottish economy for years. As things continue to be challenging, we need to see the SNP and Tory Governments do their job and support our local economy. Local people need a “hands on approach” to tackle this crisis and the rise in claims for unemployment benefits clearly demonstrates that this is not happening.