The comments made by Jonathan Reynolds, the Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, on 11 August 2020.
Labour has repeatedly warned the Government their one size fits all approach will lead to job losses. These figures confirm what we feared – Britain is in the midst of a jobs crisis.
It is extremely worrying that this increase in unemployment has hit older workers, the self-employed and part-time workers hardest.
The Government must wake up to the scale of this crisis, and put an end to this jobs crisis and adopt a more flexible approach targeted at the sectors who need it most.
Every job lost is a tragedy and we must do all we can to safeguard people’s livelihoods.