Greg Hands welcomes halving in unemployment in Chelsea & Fulham since 2010

Greg Hands has welcomed new figures showing 1,042 fewer people in Chelsea and Fulham claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit compared with 2010, a massive 50 per cent drop.

This means more people in work, with the security of a good job and a regular salary, so they can provide for themselves and their families. Jobs are being created by businesses in Chelsea and Fulham.

People are getting off benefits and into work across London with 516,350 more people in work since the last Labour Government. Across the UK there are 2.05 million more people at work than in 2010.

Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham said: “It’s excellent news that over one thousand fewer people are relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance in Chelsea and Fulham. Unemployment numbers in our area have been falling steadily since the Conservatives came in to government in 2010, unemployment has now halved and this is the first time we have passed the important milestone of 1,000 fewer jobseekers. This represents 50% fewer people on out-of-work benefits since 2010, which is a very solid achievement.

“This is thanks to the hard work and the determination of local residents, and the Conservatives’ strong leadership and clear economic plan, which is committed to building a Britain that offers working people security at every stage of their lives.

“We started this work under the Coalition, and with our new majority Government we now plan to go further, helping businesses to create more jobs so that even more families can enjoy the security of a good job and a regular salary.”