Steve Double MP welcomes fall in unemployment in Mid-Cornwall

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has today welcomed a continued drop in Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants in the constituency.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in St Austell and Newquay constituency is 120 lower than April 2017 and 100 lower than March 2018.

Commenting Steve said,

 “I welcome this fall, however there is still much more to do. I will continue to work with local businesses to create local jobs and career opportunities. “

“This month we will be seeing the rollout of the full version of Universal Credit (UC) in Mid Cornwall, a new benefit being gradually introduced across the UK, replacing means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age people.

“There have been issues with its administration since it started going live, but this is why the government has taken it slowly. I am pleased to see the Department for Work and Pensions has listened to feedback from myself and other MP colleagues and acted accordingly meaning the UC we have now is much improved over previous proposals.”

“Recent figures show the employment rate is at a joint record high, the unemployment rate is at its 40-year low, and the rate of women in work is at a record high, meaning more people are able to provide for their families, but there is still more to do to make the economy work for everyone.”

“As ever, I will keep working in Westminster, and in our constituency, to ensure we have not only more jobs available, but also ones that pay better and provide the opportunities for our young people to stay in Cornwall.”