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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington

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Sharp Rise in Unemployment in Carshalton and Wallington - Brake

January 26, 2006 3:20 PM

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington has expressed alarm at the latest unemployment figures released by the House of Commons Library showing the number of people claiming job seekers allowance in Carshalton and Wallington has risen by over 20% in just one year.

He said: "These figures suggest the UK could be returning to the bad old days of job losses and job insecurity. Combined with record levels of personal debt this is very worrying news. The Labour Government has got to get on top of this problem before there is a serious downturn in the economy."

Claimants Change 04-05

Dec-04 Dec-05 Number Percent

Carshalton & Wallington 1,096 1,335 239 21.8%