Tory candidate welcomes new jobless figures

Victoria Atkins
Victoria Atkins

Victoria Atkins, the Conservative PPC for Louth and Horncastle, has welcomed new figures showing 820 fewer people in her constituency are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to 2010 – a 41 per cent drop.

She says the trend means more people are in work with the self-respect and security of a good job and a regular pay packet.

Ms Atkins adds that regionally, people are getting off benefits and into work across the East Midlands, with 149,000 more people in work since the last election.

Nationally, there are now a record 30.9 million people in work with 1.85 million more people in work since the last election.

The employment rate, at 73.2 per cent, is also the highest on record.

She says new jobs are not insecure or poorly paid and that three-quarters of new jobs created since the last election are full-time.

She points out the new figures also confirm pay is now rising above inflation - with total pay up 2.1 per cent on the year, well ahead of inflation which was 0.9 per cent over the period.

Ms Atkins said: “820 fewer people relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance in Louth & Horncastle is excellent news – and alongside the news that wages are rising faster than prices, it’s clear that the Conservatives’ long term economic plan is delivering a more financially secure future for families in our area.

“Supporting the local economy is one of my priorities. A strong economy pays for the things we care about such as the NHS, schools and flood defences.

“Local businesses are working hard to create employment and prosperity.

“I am doing everything I can to champion their cause, including meeting members of the local Federation of Small Businesses and attending the British Chamber of Trade Conference last week to see what more can be done to help businesses in the constituency thrive.

“This is happening because we’ve been working through our plan, backing businesses to create more real jobs and fixing welfare so that work always pays.

These jobs are no insecure or poorly paid. In fact three-quarters of new jobs have been full time and wages are rising.

“Voters in Louth & Horncastle will have a clear choice to make in May in the most important election we’ve had in a generation.

“Either we stick with the Conservatives’ plan which is delivering jobs so that more people have the self respect and peace of mind that comes with a regular pay packet or all that is put at risk by the economic chaos a vote for any one of the other parties would bring.”