Drop in number of jobless is welcomed by MP

Latest unemployment figures show the number of people out of work in Eastbourne has fallen.

People claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the town has dropped by 4.7 per cent in the 12 months from December 2011 to December 2012.

The local figures reflect a drop nationally and have been welcomed by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd.

He said, “Obviously this is very welcome news; record numbers of people are in work and unemployment is now lower than when the Coalition came into government in May 2010.

“However, we can’t afford to be complacent, the economy remains in a very fragile state as the world continues to recover from the huge crash in 2008, and further economic challenges lie ahead.

“Yet with job initiatives like the apprenticeship scheme at Sussex Downs, the £70 million Arndale expansion and companies like Morrisons investing in Eastbourne, I am confident our town will continue to buck the trend.

“It also has to be noted that the Coalition government has protected increases to pensions and disability benefits – by increasing them in line with inflation – so the most vulnerable in society will continue to be protected. However, earlier this week, I voted in favour with the decision to cap increases to jobseekers allowance by one per cent.

“This wasn’t an easy decision, but at a time when families are struggling across the country and public sector workers have seen their pay frozen for the last two years, I feel this was the right decision.”

Last week government minister Vince Cable visited Eastbourne and praised the town’s commitment to helping young people be educated in skills that local businesses need to succeed.