Fighting for More Jobs - Simon Hughes

Fighting for More Jobs

According to today's report from the Office of National Statistics unemployment is still declining in our local area.

The numbers released today by the ONS prove that the fight for more jobs in Bermondsey and Southwark is proving to be a spectacularly successful one.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in our constituency is now 936 people fewer than it was this time last year, and 105 lower than it was just last month.

Declining unemployment rates over the last year have taken the number of people claiming JSA to the fewest amount since before the economic crash in 2008.

Challenges still remain though, as Bermondsey and Old Southwark's unemployment rates are slightly higher than the London and UK averages. That's why fighting for, and delivering, over 6000 apprenticeships for young people in our area has been such a booster to the local economy.

Securing the futures of the next generation of local young people is essential - as it means that local unemployment stays down in the long run.

When Liberal Democrats went into government in 2010, we had to stitch together the shattered economy Labour had left behind. Unemployment rates were sky high, and there were roughly 20,000 people on the local council housing waiting list.

Today's statistics prove that we, as members of the Bermondsey and Southwark society, are heading in the right direction.