Skegness MP Mark Simmonds has welcomed new figures showing that 60 people in the constituency have been helped off benefits and are running their own business, under the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme.
The allowance, which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own business, has helped more than 46,000 people across the country set up successful businesses since it was introduced in April 2011.
The support available to people starts with help from a business mentor to develop their business idea. Then, once they have got the business up and running, and have moved off benefits, they are eligible for 26 weeks of financial support as they get their business going.
Mr Simmonds said: “It’s excellent news that 60 people in my constituency have been helped to get off benefits and to realise their dream of starting their own businesses and being their own boss. Small businesses, are a hugely important part of our community and vital to local jobs. That’s why supporting small businesses is an important part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan.
“There’s more to do, but these figures show that our support is helping people to get off benefits and running their own business, giving them the promise of a better and brighter future.”
News on business start-ups was released at the same time as figures showing the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Boston and Skegness has fallen by 488 over the last year, with employment up overall in the East Midlands by 116,000 since 2010. Since the election the number of people on unemployment benefits has fallen by 382.
Mr Simmonds added: “With the economy now recovering from the great recession, and businesses like Parkinson Harness Technology and Produce World creating jobs, it’s clear the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is working. We need to keep working through the plan, which is delivering growth and jobs, so that more people in Boston and Skegness who want to work hard and get on can have the security of a regular pay packet they can bring home to their families.”