Britain's economic recovery is getting local people back into work, thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government - Jo

Record employment figures prove Britain is now the engine driver of the European economic recovery. 

As the number of people in East Dunbartonshire receiving Jobseekers Allowance has been slashed by 22% over the past year – it’s clear that Liberal Democrat plans for economic recovery are working.

The number of local people on Job Seekers Allowance in March was 517, down from 540 in February and 673 in March 2014. Liberal Democrat candidate and Business Minister Jo Swinson hailed the figures as a major boost to local people.  

Commenting Jo said:

“22% more people back in work in one year is a fantastic achievement.

I’ve placed a strong focus on jobs and supporting the economy since I was re-elected in 2010 and I’m proud that unemployment here is now just 1.3%, the lowest it’s been in years.”

Vince Cable added:

“With record numbers of people back into work and the highest employment rate ever – Britain is the engine driver of the European economic recovery.

“Our balanced, common sense, fairness and financial discipline, praised by the IMF last week, are the things Liberal Democrats have brought to government.”

Further information

-       Being able to find a job and earn an income is the right of every individual who wants to get on in life and Liberal Democrats in government have ensured we are creating opportunity for all.

-       Liberal Democrats in government have delivered a genuine tax cut for millions of low and middle income families, created more than 2.2million apprenticeships and increased employment rates to record numbers.

-       There were 441,000 apprenticeship starts in the UK in 2014/15[ii]. By doubling the number of employers taking on apprentices, we aim to create over 600,000 apprenticeship starts a year by 2019/20 and more than three million over the course of the next parliament.

-       During the last two years, the Department for Business has also been consulting on different mechanisms for encouraging companies to invest more in training. The idea of using tax rebates was rejected after SME's argued that the time lags involved would create cash flow problems, nor did they wish to take on the administrative burdens involved.

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