Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley is urging the UK Government to step up to the plate and help those still out of work nearly two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of November 2021, almost 500 more people in Lanark and Hamilton East are claiming unemployment related benefits than there were in March 2020 – just before the UK went into lockdown.
The number of 18–24-year-olds claiming unemployment related benefits has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels however, Lanark and Hamilton East has a higher than average rate of unemployment in this age group.
In the constituency:
- There were 2,735 actual claimants in November 2021, which was 4.5% of the population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 4.6%.
- This was 10 lower than October 2021 and 480 higher than March 2020, before the first UK lockdown began. The majority of this increase happened in March-May 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
- There were 455 claimants aged 18-24 in November 2021, 15 lower than October 2021 and 25 higher than March 2020. This was 6.2% of the population aged 18-24. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 5.6%.
Employment law is reserved to Westminster so the Scottish Government are unable to directly influence the figures.
Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:
“It is disappointing that nearly two years on from the start of the pandemic, that the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits remains more than a fifth higher than it was in Lanark and Hamilton East pre-pandemic.
“Hundreds of hard-working people in my constituency who lost their jobs through no fault of their own are still searching for work because they have been left behind by the UK Government.
“It is time the UK Government took responsibility and started to properly support these hard-working people back into employment.”