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New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that an estimated 30,000 people are now on zero hours contracts in the North East, a rate above the national average. 

Nationally, the ONS reported that 744,000 people on a zero-hours contract in their main job, as reported to the Labour Force Survey for April-June 2015. This is 2.4% of all people in employment.

The latest estimate for employees on a zero-hours contract is an increase from the 624,000 people who reported this at the same time last year.

In the North East, 2.6% of people in employment are on now on a zero hours contract.

Emma Lewell-Buck, Labour MP for South Shields said:

“Too many people in the North East have been forced to rely upon zero hours contracts. The news that 30,000 people are now on them in the region shows the scale of the problem we face.

“Zero hours contracts don’t offer the security families need and certainly aren’t the way to sustainable economic growth. This government is not prepared to take action to end exploitative zero hours contracts and with their planned cuts to tax credits for those in work, families will be rightly questioning just whose side David Cameron is on.”

Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, said:

“These stark figures show that the Tories are the party of insecurity at work.

“Zero-hours work is on the rise with the total number of contracts rising to 1.5 million and the number of people reporting their main source of employment as a zero-hours contract having risen by almost 20 per cent since last year. At the same time, there are now over 1.2 million people working part time because they could not find full time work - 200,000 more than when the Tories took office in 2010.

“Ministers are watering down vital protections at work and have refused to act to protect workers on zero-hours contracts. As long as ministers are happy to sit aside and encourage the proliferation of insecure work, more and more people won’t have the security of knowing where their next pay cheque is coming from or being able to plan ahead.”

Thirty thousand people now on zero hours contracts in the North East

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that an estimated 30,000 people are now on zero hours contracts in the North East, a rate above the national average. ...

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As the new Premier League season kicks off, new figures show that despite previous controversy still only 3 out of 20 Premier league clubs are providing enough wheelchair spaces in their grounds.

The North East’s two Premier League teams Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC still have some way to go to meet the Accessible Stadia Guide recommendations. Newcastle United are providing only 73% of the recommended disabled spaces whilst Sunderland are providing only 70%.  

Other top clubs that are not meeting the minimum number of wheelchair spaces required in their stadiums include Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Over a year ago, the Government said they would act and that this situation was ‘woefully inadequate’, but as the new season is about to kick off nothing has changed.
Analysis also reveals that disabled fans at 55 of the 92 football league clubs have no choice but to sit with home fans as away supporters, and many have stopped travelling to away games because of this unacceptable situation.

New analysis from the Office of Chris Bryant MP has also revealed the cost of upgrading the stadiums to the minimum standard compared to the club’s transfer spending this summer; Arsenal would need to spend just 1.4% of their £10m 2015 summer transfer spending, Chelsea 4.4% of their £34.1m, Liverpool 2.1% of their £77.5m, Manchester United 2.7% of their £83.1m and Manchester City just 0.53% of their £71m.

Football’s failure of disabled fans goes beyond those in need of a wheelchair; 2 clubs have refused admission of guide dogs (Liverpool and Southampton) and 3 clubs refuse to allow assistance or guide dogs in the Away fans section (Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United).
Labour is calling for the government to insist improvements are made and to force the clubs, the Premier League and the F.A. to sit down and work together to better serve disabled fans.

Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle Central said:

“With the new TV deals bringing in eye-watering figures into the game there is no excuse for not providing proper access for disabled supporters. It’s very disappointing that Newcastle United and Sunderland still have some way to go on this issue. Michael Ashley may have loosened the purse-strings a little when it comes to new players but I’d encourage him to go a bit further and release the funds to make Newcastle United a leader on this. Everyone who supports the Toon should be able to see them play. “

Chris Bryant MP Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said:

“With the money pouring into Premier League football it just isn’t right that disabled football fans are being forgotten by the clubs they support. Everyone should be able to go and watch a game if they want to, but even as the new season starts Premier League clubs still aren’t doing enough to be inclusive and accessible for all.

“The government said they would act a year ago but as the new season kicks off there’s no evidence they’ve done anything to force the clubs, the Premier League and the F.A. to sit down and insist improvements are made.

“We need an end on the unfair and complex schemes for disabled fans to get tickets for matches, the lack of audio provision in stadia and the restrictions on guide dogs. It isn’t right that clubs are failing their disabled fans and we need to see real action and improvements this season.”

 

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Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister said:

“New figures show police recorded crime has now gone up across the country and some of the most serious crimes have soared to the highest levels in years. Knife crime has risen for the first time in four years, sexual offences have risen by 37 per and fraud is up by 17 per cent.

“In the North East recorded violent crime has gone up by 28 per cent. To make matters worse, the region’s police forces have lost over 1400 police officers in the past five years, with more set to go.

“Theresa May is failing to recognise the true picture of crime in the UK. She plans to scrap another 17,000 police officers nationally on top of the 17,000 that have already gone. This comes at the worst possible time. Our depleted police forces are facing increasingly complex demands to tackle current and historic child exploitation and abuse, a serious and growing threat of terrorism and sexual and violent crime.

“By failing to heed the warning signals, the Home Secretary is taking a reckless gamble with public safety and security.”

 

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