Shocking new figures show the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Sunderland Central has jumped by almost a thousand in the last year.

In April this year 3,280 people across the constituency claimed benefits – up by several dozen from March. Among these claimants were 625 aged 18-24 – a rise of 145 from April 2018.

The Sunderland Central claimant rate of 6.8% is almost double the UK rate of 3.8%. This demonstrates the damaging effect of Tory austerity. People need jobs and job security.

I am actively campaigning for the Government to fix the flawed Universal Credit system, as it has left so many people in Sunderland struggling with hardship.

Latest claimant count for Sunderland
Latest claimant count for Sunderland
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