Louth & Horncastle MP welcomes new employment figures

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Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins has welcomed a fall in the number of people in the constituency claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit, according to new figures released last week.

Victoria Atkins MP said the new figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of people in the constituency claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 690 - a 48 per cent drop - since 2010.

Nationally, the figures suggest that over 400,000 more people across the country are in work compared to a year ago.

The figures showed that average pay growth is at 2.9 per cent – the fastest rise since 2002 – while inflation was only 0.1 per cent, and that youth unemployment has continued to fall – down 215,000 since 2010.

Victoria Atkins MP said: “With wages continuing to rise and 690 fewer people relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance these figures positive news for Louth & Horncastle.

“These figures show there is more financial security for people in work, and more families with the security and stability of a regular pay packet.

“I do not believe our job is done until everyone who is willing and able to work has the opportunity to do so. I will continue to stand up for Louth & Horncastle to improve job opportunities in this area. This figures show demonstrate we are on the right path to achieve this and are a testament to the success of the Conservatives’ one nation approach and clear economic plan.”

Victoria added: “We need to keep working though that plan - supporting firms, increasing training and providing more free childcare for working parents, as well as introducing a National Living Wage – so that everyone can succeed and achieve their full potential.”

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