MP welcomes drop in unemployment

Julie Porksen and Sir Alan Beith MP.
Julie Porksen and Sir Alan Beith MP.

Figures released today showing a further drop in the number of unemployed people in the Berwick constituency have been welcomed by MP Sir Alan Beith MP.

Sir Alan said: “The latest figures show that in the Berwick constituency, unemployment is continuing to fall. In May 2010, there were 1,216 people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, but by the end of August that figure had fallen to 781.

“The main aim must be to continue to help employers provide work, and the Government is helping through initiatives such as the £2,000 cut in employers’ national insurance from April 2014 which makes it cost less to employ someone, as well as creating more apprenticeships which allow people to earn while they learn and gain real work skills.”

Julie Pörksen, who is bidding to become Sir Alan’s successor, added: “This is good news for people in the Berwick constituency, but there is still more work to be done to ensure there are good-quality jobs in the area for people. That’s why I’m working with Sir Alan to safeguard jobs at Lion House in Alnwick, and talking to local businesses about how they might be able to expand their workforce.

“I’ll also carry on fighting to stop the Conservatives’ bringing in their plans for regional pay. Nurses and other public-sector workers should not earn less than their colleagues in other parts of the country simply because they live in Northumberland. Northumberland is a great place to live and work and the Liberal Democrats are working hard to make sure there are good opportunities available locally.”

Today’s figures show that the number of unemployed claimants in Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency in August 2014 was 781. This represents a rate of 2.2 per cent of the economically-active population aged 16 to 64, the 404th highest of the 650 UK constituencies (first is the highest rate of unemployment, 650th is the lowest rate of unemployment).