Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Maidstone unemployement highest for 15 years

Unemployment in Maidstone has risen to its highest level since 1997 amid the 'flawed economics' of the Conservative / Lib Dem coalition.

Public sector cuts were always going to hurt employment Maidstone. While the government have bought into the flawed economics of austerity, Maidstone Borough council are happily throwing scarce money on importing paving slabs for the High Street. So much more could have been done with the £2m that they have wasted.
There are now over 2700 claiming job seeker's allowance in Maidstone, the highest it has been for 15 years. This is simply disgraceful. Austerity is hurting poorer and middle income people, yet the government continues to allow the rich to avoid paying their way. One in three jobs in Maidstone are in the public sector. While the Tories and Lib Dems are cutting the public sector they are not just hurting the workers but they are hurting the people who rely on the services.
There is so much that needs to be done in the town. Congestion on the roads is rife and while public transport remains expensive and infrequent it won't reduce traffic; homes need insulation to reduce fuel bills and people need affordable housing. Perhaps the council and government should question their priorities.

Notes: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/2038431809/subreports/jsa_time_series/report.aspx

1 comment:

Tryst said...

To add insult to injury, Maidstone council are now digging up the main road and replacing the perfectly good paving in the town. Many have said it is a total waste of money, the council say, "it is to encourage more business into Maidstone".

Many companies left Maidstone and have been doing so for years due to high taxes and extortionate rates. Most moved to Medway which has ben seeing a relatively good increase in business, until the recession hit hard. If Maidstone council were to reduce the rates and taxes, maybe more businesses would be encouraged. However, seeing how Maidstone Council waste money, I don't think it is really a good advert for them.