Following last month’s announcement of a rise in unemployment in Sheffield Heeley over the last year, which was covered in the Sheffield Star, this month’s figure show a further rise of 2% - which despite being part of one of Britain’s major economies, makes Sheffield Heeley 104th of 650 constituencies for unemployment.

We have not yet seen the full rollout of Universal Credit, due for later this year, which is set to push the claimant count higher and subject more people to the serious problems that the new system has already encountered.

The Government’s rhetoric on devolution for the North is not enough – we desperately need the infrastructure and sustained investment that will bring us jobs and long-term opportunities.