Economic inactivity – are those high rates not because of record NHS waiting lists, low staff morale and general Government incompetence?

HANSARD:

Chi Onwurah 

Health Equity North research shows high levels of economic inactivity in the north-east due to disability or ill health—40% above the national average. I visited the jobcentre in Newcastle and was very impressed by the dedication and hard work of the staff, but I know from the Public and Commercial Services union that one in four universal credit managers took time off in 2023 for mental illness, which is three times the figure before 2019. We are the only country in the G7 not to have the same level of employment as before the pandemic. Are those high rates not because of record NHS waiting lists, low staff morale and general Government incompetence?

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2024-03-18/debates/970AE2EB-DC41-4E4B-BDE3-A353C8A9BE89/RegionalVariationsUnemploymentAndInactivity#contribution-13B534D4-A443-4958-BA15-AE8B1DB55817

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