Record high

Dear Editor

THE latest employment figures make for positive reading for Gloucestershire, the West and the UK as a whole.

The figures show that the number of people in work has reached a record high and unemployment is at its lowest since 1975.

Gloucestershire saw some particularly good figures. For example, since 2010 unemployment has dropped by 53% in Cheltenham, 49% in Tewkesbury, 48% in Stroud and 47% in Gloucester.

Importantly, wages are rising faster than prices, so people’s pay packets are going further.

The government has taken a sensible, balanced approach to the economy in recent years, supporting businesses to create jobs and giving more people the security of work.

By reforming welfare and delivering the Industrial Strategy, I’m confident more, better-paid jobs will be created in Gloucestershire and elsewhere, helping more people to get on in life and build a better future for themselves and their families.

Anita Heappey

Deputy Chair

South West Conservatives