MP pleads to Government to help jobless

MP for North East Hertfordshire, Oliver Heald has put pressure on Ministers to do more for workers who have lost their jobs in the recession, including the victims of the closure of the Woolworths in Letchworth GC. Oliver had been approache

MP for North East Hertfordshire, Oliver Heald has put pressure on Ministers to do more for workers who have lost their jobs in the recession, including the victims of the closure of the Woolworths in Letchworth GC.

Oliver had been approached by concerned former Woolworths staff, who had seen the Government's announcement of "rapid response units".

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Mr Heald asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where all the promised help was.

He continued: "A constituent of mine has written to me about Woolworths in Letchworth GC, saying that she has not had any help from a rapid response unit. She thought there was special help. Where is it? Has the Hnorable. Gentleman seen any evidence of it? We need it."

Mr Heald has continued to pressure the Minister by writing to him to ask for a full explanation of what help is available.

Later Mr Heald expressed concern for the difficulties laid off staff were facing when applying for new jobs.

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"I have heard that up to 22 people recently applied for the same job in Letchworth GC. This is naturally a very troubling period for many people and their families and I will continue to keep the pressure up on the Government to see that they make good on their promises of help.

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