London and the South-East have accounted for almost half of all net jobs created in the UK since 2010, despite accounting for only a quarter of the population, according to new figures highlighted by the Labour Party.
Labour analysis of official Government figures shows that just one net job in 200 has been created in the North East, while some more affluent regions have raced ahead, revealing the huge regional disparities in job creation under the Conservatives.
Shadow Secretary for Business Rebecca Long-Bailey MP said: “New figures show that seven years of failure under the Conservatives is holding most of this country back.
“Boasts about job creation will ring hollow when there are few jobs being created across most of the country and even then too many are poorly paid and insecure.
“The reality of Conservative failure is that with investment falling and real wages still lower than before the crash, but chief executive pay up 24% to over £5m since 2010, it’s the wealthy elite who are winning out in the Tories’ rigged economy.”
She added: “Only Labour has the ambition needed to deliver investment across the whole country and create decent, well-paid jobs so that people in every part of our country can live richer lives.”
The news comes as seperate figures figures from the House of Commons Library show that average real earnings are set to fall by £1,200, due to rising inflation and slower wage growth.
A cruel combination of higher prizes and lower wages since the EU referendum mean that living standards will be squeezed further, say Labour.
In a press release published today, Labour explain: “This time last year, at the Budget 2016, the OBR was forecasting real average earnings growth of 9 per cent between 2015 and 2020 (average earnings adjusted for CPI inflation). However, at this year’s Budget, this was revised down to growth of 5 per cent between 2015 and 2020.
“Converting this to income values, Budget 2016 was forecasting that real average earnings would be almost £2,500 higher in 2020 than in 2015. However, at Budget 2017 this was revised down to £1,300. This is a difference of £1,200.
“Today’s analysis comes on the back of IFS analysis last year which showed that the “outlook for living standards has deteriorated rather sharply”, describing the prospects for real earnings growth as “dreadful”.
“The Resolution Foundation has also said that the “outlook for living standards in 21st century Britain does not look promising” and that “weak and regressive nature of income growth in the years ahead should concern us all”.
“This analysis looks at the effect on living standards resulting from changes to OBR forecasts at this year’s Budget.
“Tax and benefit changes, as well as previous OBR forecasts will impact on living standards; however, this analysis focuses just on inflation and earnings outlook.”
Commenting, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said the figures show “the impact of seven years of Tory economic failure”.
“Living standards are being squeezed and working people are being hit hard”, he said.
“This is despite the Tories promising at the last General Election that they would raise living standards.”
He added: “The truth is that Theresa May has failed working people and the Tories are taking the country backwards. Labour would make different choices and stand up for ordinary working families.
“Only Labour will take the action needed to end the Tories’ economic failure by introducing a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour by 2020 and by investing in our regions and our local communities.”