It’s good to see that some of the fruits of tough economic decisions made locally and nationally are paying off as Maria Miller MP welcomes record low unemployment figures in Basingstoke. New figures for May show that 682 people claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in the constituency in May 2015, a drop of 18 from last month, and 327 lower than in May 2014. Youth Unemployment has fallen too; 120 claimants were aged 18-24, showing a drop of 70 claims from this time last year. As Maria said, “These figures demonstrate that here in Basingstoke there are increasing numbers of people in work. That means more people have the security of employment and a regular pay packet, so they can provide for themselves and their families.”
There are still significant economic issue around national debt and poor productivity. The only way to overcome these is to reduce the size of the state and enable people to be productive and self-sufficient, moving from a welfare state to a workfare state.