Michelle Donelan has welcomed new figures showing that 632 fewer people in the Chippenham constituency are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance than in 2010, a 48 per cent fall. This means more people in work, with the security of a regular pay packet and a better future ahead of them.
Across Britain the number of people relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen to 0.93 million people, its lowest level since August 2008.
People are moving off benefits and into work, with a record 30.79 million people now in work. That’s 694,000 more people in work than a year ago. Across the South West, there are 121,000 more people in work compared to the last election.
Jobs are being created in Chippenham in places like Wavin Plastics Ltd, a company expanding and intending to boost its number of staff from 280 to nearly 400.
Michelle Donelan said:
‘Today’s strong jobs numbers are great news for our area and show that the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is working. We’re helping people get off benefits and into work, giving them the security and peace of mind of a regular pay packet.
‘We have helped local businesses to create jobs by backing them with lower taxes and better infrastructure. And we have helped people get off benefits and into work through our welfare reforms, ending a something for nothing culture and making work pay.
‘This means a brighter, more secure future for hardworking taxpayers in the Chippenham constituency who want to work hard and get on in life.’