Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Government “woefully unprepared” in respect of rising unemployment
The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of being "woefully unprepared" to handle the 1.82 million revealed today to now be unemployed in the UK. The figure is the highest for a decade but the Liberal Democrats say the Jobcentre network had actually been scaled back to deal with the reduced number of unemployed people seen during the boom.As a result it says it is now struggling to cope with the consequences of the bust.Jenny Willott, shadow work and pensions secretary for the Liberal Democrats, has also hit out at the Conservative Party's call for tax breaks yesterday to help firms keep staff in work. She says: “The Conservative plans announced yesterday are not the answer. It didn’t work in the 1990s and it won’t work now. "Companies won’t take on staff they don’t need.