Tories “too divided and too incompetent” to get Britain working

New analysis reveals the Tory failure to tackle health-related worklessness in Hexham constituency.

Analysis by the House of Commons Library for Labour shows that there has been a rise of 372 people in the Hexham constituency claiming Universal Credit for health reasons over the last year.  Between December 2022 and December 2023, all 632 parliamentary constituencies in Britain saw an increase, with new figures showing that mental ill health is a key driver behind the rise.

A united, mission focused Government is needed to get Britain working. Labour’s plan to help tackle  one of the key drivers of worklessness before it takes hold, includes:

● Bringing down waiting times for mental health treatment by recruiting 8,500 new mental  health staff

● Access to specialist mental health support in every school

● Mental health hubs for children and young people in every community

Labour has also pledged to:

● Introduce changes to incapacity benefits to encourage disabled people and people with ill health – who are currently not required to seek work by the benefits system – to try work without fear of losing their income or having to be reassessed if the job doesn’t work out.

● Overhaul Access to Work, so that people know what equipment, adaptations or personal support they’ll get before they start work – giving them the confidence to take the plunge.

● Reform job centres and devolving employment support so help is tailored to individual and local need.

In Hexham constituency, 1,329 people now claim Universal Credit health benefits, with the national number up by 400,000 in a year – and Government statistics show that over two-thirds of all claims involve mental health problems.

Joe Morris has accused the Tories of failing on the economy because they have failed on work.  2.7 million people, a near-record high, are now out of work due to long-term sickness; economic inactivity is no longer declining from the post-pandemic high and has instead rebounded to a total of 9.3 million people—the highest in over a decade; and Britain’s employment rate will be lower by the end of this year than forecast in November, and still not back to pre-pandemic levels by 2028- 2029.

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