TWELVE people are chasing every job vacancy in parts of Huddersfield, it was claimed today.

A new survey by the Conservatives showed the growing scale of the unemployment problem.

And the report also warned that national debt would continue to soar.

The report was welcomed by Jason McCartney, prospective Tory Parliamentary candidate for the Colne Valley.

He said the action plan by the Tories came as Government figures showed that in September 2009, there were 2,646 people unemployed in Colne Valley claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

And there were 12 job seekers chasing every Job Centre vacancy in Colne Valley. National debt is forecast to double to £1.4 trillion – equivalent to £22,500 of debt for every man, woman and child in Colne Valley.

Under detailed new Conservative plans, Labour’s numerous and piecemeal work programmes would be simplified into a single back-to-work programme for everyone on out-of-work benefits. This would be backed up with new and additional work pairings, apprenticeships, further education college places and vocational education for young people.

Mr McCartney said: “Some of the biggest challenges facing Colne Valley are Labour’s Jobs Crisis and Debt Crisis. There are already 12 people chasing each job vacancy in Colne Valley and we will soon each be burdened with £22,500 of government debt.

“We need to rebuild our broken economy, mend our broken society and fix our broken politics.

“Help should be directed towards those in our society who are most in need”