Our communities feeling the benefit of stronger economy - Simon Hughes

Our communities feeling the benefit of stronger economy


Unemployment is down to just 2.5 per cent in our local area, according to the most recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 

Over the last five years the number of people claiming Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA) has fallen from over 4,000 people to roughly 2,500 - representing a 38 per cent decrease.

The number of males claiming out of work benefits has fallen 42 per cent over the last five years, and the equivalent figure for females in Bermondsey and Old Southwark is a 25 per cent decrease.



Nationally, employment is at a record high, with 73.4 per cent of the population now in work. 

I have been fighting for a stronger economy and a fairer society and these statistics are a clear sign that our communities are benefitting. The only way to make sure this good news continues is to stay the course over the next five years - not borrowing or cutting too much, so that public services have the investment they need.

I am proud that I have been able to fight for people all across our local area since 2010, especially those who earn the least: 132,000 in Southwark have benefitted from a £825 tax cut; 15,000 have been taken out of income tax altogether; and I fought to ban employers exploiting those on zero-hour contracts.

There is still progress to be made, though, which is why I wil continue to fight for more jobs, more apprenticeships and more tax cuts for you, your family and those in your neighbourhood.