MP Stephen Metcalfe welcomes fall in claimants for Job Seekers Allowance

STEPHEN Metcalfe, the local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has today welcomed the latest figures showing that since 2010, the number of people in the constituency claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit has fallen by 1,477 – a 57% drop.

Across the UK, there are 2 million more people at work than at the end of thirteen years of Labour Government.

Stephen Metcalfe commented: "I am so pleased to hear of the continued good news for the people of South Basildon and East Thurrock as I return to Parliament as their representative."

"This is down to the hard work and the determination of people here, as well as the Conservatives’ strong leadership and clear economic plan. As a Government for working people we’re committed to go further, as we work towards a Britain of full employment, which offers working people security at every stage of their life."

Around one in 50 people in work are on zero-hours contracts. Unlike the last Labour Government, who did nothing, we have taken action to clamp down on abuses by banning exclusivity contracts. Over the last year 85 per cent of the jobs created have been full-time. Labour always try and tell Britain that all these jobs are part-time, insecure and poorly paid – in fact: "Not only is employment up by 2 million across the UK since 2010, but the total pay is also up by 2.7 per cent too. There are also more women in work than ever before!”

“Labour always try to claim that these jobs are part-time, insecure and poorly paid – when in fact, Over the last year 85 per cent of the jobs created have been full-time. And around one in 50 people in work are on zero-hours contracts. Unlike the last Labour Government, who did nothing, we have taken action to clamp down on abuses by banning exclusivity contracts.”

“The Conservative economic recovery is being felt across all parts of British society – and I am so pleased to see the benefits being felt here by local residents in Basildon and Thurrock."

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