On the Welsh Government website, according to the Annual Population Survey: April 2019 to March 2020, the highest estimated unemployment rates were in Merthyr Tydfil (5.6%), Caerphilly (5.1%) and Neath Port Talbot (4.8%). A significant proportion of the Aberavon Constituency comprises of Communities First government designated areas, a Welsh Government Community Focussed Tackling Poverty Programme.
Whether it’s due to a lack of opportunities, confidence, training, child care needs, help with transport needs, more support is needed for people seeking employment in our region. It is my intention to not only focus on creating employment and training opportunities, but assist people in building soft skills, overcoming anxiety, and fostering a sense of purpose. Help is needed now more than ever.