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
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.