Conservative candidate welcomes jobless fall

Victoria Atkins meeting job seekers in Louth
Victoria Atkins meeting job seekers in Louth

Figures showing a reduction in unemployment for Louth and Horncastle has been welcomed by the consitiuency’s Conservative parliamentary candidate Victoria Atkins.

Latest figures show 648 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to 2010, a 39 per cent fall.

People are getting off benefits and into work across the East Midlands, with 124,000 more people in work compared to the last election.

Nationally there are now a record 30.80 million people in work, with 1.75 million more people in work since 2010.

Mrs Atkins said: “It’s great news that 648 fewer people in Louth and Horncastle are relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance to get by. This is a clear sign that the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is working helping people get off benefits and into work.

“I am determined to help businesses in the constituency thrive, so that more jobs are created for local people. We should encourage opportunity, not handouts.”