MP welcomes employment increase


Figures released today (Tuesday) show a further fall in the number of people in Louth & Horncastle claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit.

The reduction in the claimant count by 764 - a 52 percent drop since 2010 - has been welcomed by the constituency’s MP Victoria Atkins.

Nationally employment is at a record level, with more than 350,000 people in work across the UK than a year ago and unemployment at its lowest level since 2008.

The figures also show that average pay growth is now three per cent.

Mrs Atkins said: “I am pleased that there are 762 fewer people relying on benefits in our area. This is the lowest number of claimants at any stage since 2010, which is a huge achievement.”

She added: “I have championed those who want to work hard and get on throughout my campaign and since my election and I am encouraged that there are many more people in Louth & Horncastle who are doing just that.

“There is of course still more to do and I will continue to work with businesses, schools and local councillors to make sure this positive trend continues.”