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

August 3, 2015

MP says still further to go

John Baron MP has welcomed new figures showing that unemployment has fallen yet again, with 359 fewer people in Basildon and Billericay relying on Jobseeker’s allowance than in June 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, 359 fewer people are relying on benefits in Basildon and Billericay – this figure has fallen by 53 since this April 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 whilst 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 June 2015 was 1,088. This includes 974 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 114 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 359 lower than in April 2014 and 53 lower than in April 2015. Figures provided by the House of Commons Library.

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