What are the key issues?
In Stockton-on-Tees, many benefits to which people are entitled go unclaimed. This additional income could lift people out of poverty.
Too many young people leave school without going into education, employment or training. This can lead to spending the rest of their lives in poverty.
There are insufficient jobs to satisfy the need of everyone who is looking for work. Sometimes people do not have the right skills or qualifications to obtain paid employment that meets their individual needs.