Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

Recovery warning

Caroline Flint issued a warning that reports that Doncaster was "bouncing back" from the recession, was out of touch with the experience of Doncaster people.

“Any fall in unemployment is welcome, but Doncaster has yet to see the impact of 700 council job losses, which could also have an impact on local private sector jobs, or the impact of the Tory led government’s decision to raise VAT.“

“The recovery remains slow and fragile in our region and there are few signs that people feel Doncaster is through the worst or bouncing back yet.”

The Centre for Cities, who conducted the research said: "During 2011, the UK cities most dependent on the public sector, and which have seen slower economic growth over the last decade, will find it more difficult to rebalance towards the private sector.

"These cities will need realistic plans of action to ride out the spending cuts and create jobs - but they will also need additional financial support from central government."

The Don Valley MP's warning came just 24 hours after official figure showed that the UK economy contracted by 0.5% in the three months to December.

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