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Rise in Unemployment is no surprise – Parkhill

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The latest rise in unemployment figures come as “no surprise” according to UKIP’s East Londonderry Assembly Candidate Steven Parkhill.

Commenting, Mr Parkhill said : “It comes as no surprise to hear the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Northern Ireland rose for the second consecutive month in March. Of the 149 Private Members’ Motions debated in the Assembly between 2013 and 2015 only 19% deal with economic issues, highlighting minimal interest in solving economic issues.

We find our greatest innovators and entrepreneurs within our small businesses. The businesses they start and grow will take us out of the economic turmoil we’ve suffered in recent years and back into the black. The next Executive must invest heavily, and provide incentives to encourage a new wave of entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as providing strong incentives to existing businesses.

Growth in the economy also continues to be hampered due to a relatively small private sector.  However this constraint can be negated by attracting more Foreign Direct Investment into the private sector, but what sort of a signal does it sends to potential investors when we won’t have enough skilled people to fill potential jobs?

If we want to attract and ramp up inward investment, develop a strong private sector and grow the economy, it’s time the Executive began to act, and give our Universities some much needed financial backing. Funding higher education and building a skilled workforce is absolutely essential to future economic growth.

UKIP is offering the people of Northern Ireland a genuine alternative to the parties of old and a new kind of politics. We are offering an end to the economic complacency and laziness of the NI Executive and a future for families and young people.”

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