The Office for National Statistics has released its latest monthly unemployment figures which show that the number of unemployed claimants in Bermondsey & Old Southwark has fallen by 947 over the last year, and is 98 lower than in March 2014.
Figures for London also show a steady drop in unemployment – down by 5,439 over the last month, and 57,701 over the last year. And nationally, unemployment fell by 25,100 between March and April, to 1.12million – the lowest claimant count since November 2008.
Responding to the figures, Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark, said:
“I strongly believe we should strive for full employment – making sure that everyone who wants to work and get on in life has the opportunity to do so.
In government, Liberal Democrats have taken difficult, and, at times, unpopular decisions to pay down Labour’s deficits and debts – we are now seeing the benefits of those decisions here in Bermondsey and Southwark, and across London.
Local residents should know that if elected to lead Southwark Council, Liberal Democrats will make sensible and prudent decisions to get the basics right locally, and to manage the Council’s finances properly, so that investment can be focused on the issues that matter most to people – homes, childcare, and jobs.”