Monday, 10 November 2014

Stephen Metcalfe MP: welcomes positive figures on workless households in Basildon and Thurrock

Local MP Stephen Metcalfe has today welcomed the latest Office of National Statistics figures which have shown that there are 58,000 fewer workless households in the East of England since 2010.

Overall across Britain the number of workless households is down 671,000 since the last election, with the proportion of workless households now at its lowest level since records began in 1996. The fall over the last year was 271,000, a record drop.

Stephen Metcalfe commented: “These figures are excellent news, and are further evidence of the positive economic impact that the Conservative’s long-term economic plan are having across the country.

Importantly, the number of children in a workless household is at a record low – this provides security for our younger generation, but also provides them with an environment where they can witness first-hand the positive impact that a working life can have for households and families.

I am so pleased to see these benefits being felt by local people across Basildon and Thurrock. We must be allowed to continue down this path towards the kind of economic security that this country needs.”