Greg Hands welcomes Local Unemployment Halved under the Conservatives

Greg Hands, Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham, has welcomed the news that employment across the UK has reached its highest rate since records began, and that unemployment remains at its lowest level for 11 years – down more than 900,000 since 2010.
 
There is also great news for London, where 727,000 more people are back in work in since 2010.
 
In Chelsea & Fulham, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 1,041 – a 50 per cent drop – since 2010.
 
Today’s figures also show wages continuing to grow strongly, the youth unemployment rate at its lowest since 2005, the rate of women in employment at a record high, and the number of disabled people in work up by nearly 600,000 over the past 3 years.
 
Local Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham, Greg Hands, said: "This is great news for our country and for local people, with the number of people in Chelsea & Fulham relying on the key out of work benefits down 50 per cent since 2010, while the employment level nationwide has hit a record high.
 
"It shows that our on-going welfare reforms are working – continuing to incentivise work and making sure that the system is fair to all those who need it and to those who pay for it.
 
"This Conservative majority Government has made real progress creating a strong economy and helping people into work, and we will continue that work as we build a country that works for everyone – with more people sharing in our country’s prosperity."