Richard Wellings talks to BBC West Midlands

Richard Wellings was interviewed by BBC Radio West Midlands regarding unemployment figures and government funded work programmes. Dr Wellings said that the results of welfare-to-work programmes finding long term employment for unemployed people had been appalling.

Only 3% of people on welfare-to-work programmes found long term jobs, whilst the cost of these schemes to the tax payer has had very negative effects on the wider economy, Dr Wellings said.

The government’s number one priority should be to cut the deficit so as to be able lower taxes, Dr Wellings argued. The best way to improve unemployment figures are to promote private entrepreneurship and cut red tape surrounding businesses that hinders employment.

Listen to the full interview here. Segment starts at 23.30.