Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:31

WHILST welcoming the reduction in the number of adults in Wales aged 16 to 64 who are not in work, North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has emphasised that the fall only started after the change of UK Government in May 2010.

Speaking during yesterday’s Questions to the First Minister, Mr Isherwood said: “Given that, even prior to the Credit Crunch, one in three working-age people in Wales were not in work, the numbers of working-age people not in work in Wales peaked in May 2010 at 627,000 - why do you think that the reduction in the number of adults aged 16 to 64 not in work started after May 2010, that it has been falling ever since and that it is currently 17,000 fewer than at the time of change of UK Government?”


The First Minister replied: “It is because of the policies put in place by this Welsh Government and, let us be generous, the previous Welsh Government. We all see the difference that devolution makes. We have seen the programmes that have been put in place to help people who are unemployed, to help young people get work and to help people get the skills that they need.”


Mr Isherwood disputes this. 


He added:  “The proportion of working-age people in Wales not in work reached double the UK rate before the change in UK Government.We have had Labour-led Welsh Government since devolution in 1999, accompanying Labour UK Government until 2010. The only thing that changed in May 2010 was the UK Government. With new CBI and UK Business Confidence Monitor Surveys reporting growing business optimism, let us hope that the reduction in the number of working age people not in employment in Wales since May 2010 will continue.”



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