14th March 2012
Unemployment in Maidstone has risen to its highest level since 1997 amid the 'flawed economics' of the Conservative / Lib Dem coalition, claim local Greens. The Greens have repeated calls for Maidstone Councillors to invest in green jobs such as insulation, public transport and housing rather that wasting money on the High Street paving.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "Public sector cuts were always going to hurt employment Maidstone. While the government have bought into the flawed economics of austerity, Maidstone Borough council are happily throwing scarce money on importing paving slabs for the High Street. So much more could have been done with the £2m that they have wasted.
"There are now over 2700 claiming job seeker's allowance in Maidstone, the highest it has been for 15 years. This is simply disgraceful. Austerity is hurting poorer and middle income people, yet the government continues to allow the rich to avoid paying their way. One in three jobs in Maidstone are in the public sector. While the Tories and Lib Dems are cutting the public sector they are not just hurting the workers but they are hurting the people who rely on the services.
"There is so much that needs to be done in the town. Congestion on the roads is rife and while public transport remains expensive and infrequent it won't reduce traffic; homes need insulation to reduce fuel bills and people need affordable housing. Perhaps the council and government should question their priorities.