West Norfolk MP hails fall in dole queue

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Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, has hailed the fall in the number of people claiming jobseekers’ allowance in the constituency.

The latest set of figuresfor September revealed that 990 people are signing on.This is 709 lower than in September 2013 and 68 below August.

Mr Bellingham said: “This is excellent news for the local economy and I would like to applaud all businesses, large or small, that have contributed to this very encouraging outlook.

“Also, contrary to what our critics have been saying the majority of these jobs are indeed full-time ones, rather than either part-time, or indeed ones on zero-hour contracts.”

The figures outlined above were released last week by the Office for National Statistics.

Mr Bellingham said that the news for the national economy was also very encouraging as the period from June-August marked the fastest annual decline of unemployment since present records began in 1972.

At the same time, the UK has “the fastest growth rate in Europe’ and furthermore, at long last, wages are slowly catching up with the cost of living with average wages up 0.7 per cent compared to last year,” he said.

The MP also said that there is still some way to go, because the country is still running at a deficit.

He said: “Over the next few weeks I am going to be visiting a number of businesses, both large and small, to see for myself the progress on the ground and to talk about the Skills Agenda.