John Baron MP welcomes further fall in unemployment in Basildon and Billericay

May 19, 2015

MP says still further to go

John Baron MP has welcomed new figures showing that unemployment has fallen yet again, with 520 fewer people in Basildon and Billericay relying on Jobseeker’s allowance than in April 2014. This means more people in work, with the security of a regular pay packet and a brighter future ahead of them.

John said,

“Over the last year, 520 fewer people are relying on benefits in Basildon and Billericay – this figure has fallen by 89 since this March alone. This makes a huge difference to people’s lives and has, in large part, happened because the Government has been reforming welfare so it rewards work and backing business to create jobs.”

“Although this is welcome news, there is still further to go if we are going to get closer to our target of full employment.”

Notes to Editors

The total number of unemployed claimants in Basildon and Billericay constituency in April 2015 was 1,141. This includes 1,121 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 20 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment (provisional estimate; rounded to the nearest ten). Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit) is 520 lower than in April 2014 and 89 lower than in March 2015. Figures provided by the House of Commons Library.

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