Neil Carmichael says latest fall in unemployment vindicates Government's economic policy

Neil Carmichael says latest fall in unemployment vindicates Government's economic policy

Neil Carmichael says latest fall in unemployment vindicates Government's economic policy

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STROUD MP Neil Carmichael has welcomed the latest fall in unemployment, heralding it as proof that the Coalition’s economic plan is ‘on the right track’.

The Conservative politician said the figures released by the Office for National Statistics contained ‘great news for Stroud and the UK as a whole’.

They show that the rate of unemployment has fallen to 7.1 per cent after the economy added 280,000 new jobs in the last three months – the biggest ever quarterly increase in employment.

In Stroud, the statistics showed that there were 383 fewer unemployed claimants in December 2013 than during the same month in 2012.

They also revealed that there were 951 unemployed claimants in the Stroud constituency, which represents a rate of 1.8 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Carmichael said: “The fact that unemployment continues to fall is great news for Stroud and the UK as a whole, and proves that we are on the right track.

“Continued business investment and the predicted economic growth will ensure that more employment opportunities are available than ever before.”

Speaking to the SNJ on Monday (January 27), he added: “It’s absolutely great that more and more people are getting jobs. A lot of those jobs are full time according to the Chartered Institute of Personal Development and one of the employment agencies Omega which is based in my constituency in Stonehouse.

“It is fabulous news and it is great for the Valleys and Vale because these are jobs in the sectors which are growing and they are giving more and more people a proper lifestyle choice.”

Former Stroud MP David Drew also welcomed the latest unemployment figures but he said they failed to tell the full story.

“As always we must look behind the statistics. Many of the jobs 'created' are part-time, for short periods of time, lowly paid and sometimes involve zero hours.

“There remains a cost of living crisis evidenced best by the rise in the number of people now having to go the food banks active in the area.

"Sadly most of these people are now working and often resorting to pay day loans to make ends meet.

“Paying no attention to this issue demonstrates that Stroud’s Tory MP remains somewhat out of touch with what is really happening in Dursley and the wider Stroud area.”

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8:20am Tue 28 Jan 14

Salendine says...

David Drew is a good man, and I say that as someone who regrettably had to vote against him last time. Sadly he lost his seat because of the failings of his party, and no amount of bad mouthing good news stats will change that. The Tories are unpopular, but that's what happens when a party is willing to make tough decisions. Let's hope the growth in jobs continues so we see less of the likes of food banks.
David Drew is a good man, and I say that as someone who regrettably had to vote against him last time. Sadly he lost his seat because of the failings of his party, and no amount of bad mouthing good news stats will change that. The Tories are unpopular, but that's what happens when a party is willing to make tough decisions. Let's hope the growth in jobs continues so we see less of the likes of food banks. Salendine
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9:20am Tue 28 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

This is just a blatant example of ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc’; there is no way to know if the tough decisions were correct or just an example of the Tories ivory tower.
This is just a blatant example of ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc’; there is no way to know if the tough decisions were correct or just an example of the Tories ivory tower. dimreepr
  • Score: 2

9:21am Tue 28 Jan 14

Nimue Brown says...

I would like to know whether people experiencing benefits sanctions are counted as 'unemployed claimants'. If they are, I think we need to know how many people are typically being denied their benefits in any given week. I've seen it claimed online that jobcentres are under pressure to sanction benefits for the slightest mistakes, and I think questions need to be asked about these numbers.
I would like to know whether people experiencing benefits sanctions are counted as 'unemployed claimants'. If they are, I think we need to know how many people are typically being denied their benefits in any given week. I've seen it claimed online that jobcentres are under pressure to sanction benefits for the slightest mistakes, and I think questions need to be asked about these numbers. Nimue Brown
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9:26am Tue 28 Jan 14

Salendine says...

Dim, a valid challenge; however, the more tough decisions made, and the more statistics that improve, the more likely it is that Y follows X. How likely? Who knows.
Dim, a valid challenge; however, the more tough decisions made, and the more statistics that improve, the more likely it is that Y follows X. How likely? Who knows. Salendine
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11:17am Tue 28 Jan 14

jamg3916 says...

I would appreciate an analysis of the statistics from beginning of this government re: who is using foodbanks, payday loans, now claiming benefits due to drop in work hours, part time working, being sanctioned whilst on JSA, on workfare..in the Stroud area. I think it would provide an insight into what is really happening as blanket statistics can be made to prove anything and don't give the real picture.
I would appreciate an analysis of the statistics from beginning of this government re: who is using foodbanks, payday loans, now claiming benefits due to drop in work hours, part time working, being sanctioned whilst on JSA, on workfare..in the Stroud area. I think it would provide an insight into what is really happening as blanket statistics can be made to prove anything and don't give the real picture. jamg3916
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14

dimreepr says...

What we have here is an example of causality, in that, anything that precedes an event must have a causal effect; however, we shall never know if this or an alternative strategy would have the most beneficial effect.

Having said that the limited choice presented in the last election was stark to say the least, we have an extreme dearth of quality politicians at this time in our history; due to this the Government we have now was probably just the best of a bad bunch.

We need, I think, an arrangement that is a derivative of the American system, in that we exclude a third term for any incumbent; in our recent history the third term of governance for any incumbent seems to produce an errant strategy that causes more problems than it solves.

The pendulum of extremes having swung to this, our present, will inevitably swing back, and if we’re lucky, the system will cater for all and not just those who find themselves born lucky.
What we have here is an example of causality, in that, anything that precedes an event must have a causal effect; however, we shall never know if this or an alternative strategy would have the most beneficial effect. Having said that the limited choice presented in the last election was stark to say the least, we have an extreme dearth of quality politicians at this time in our history; due to this the Government we have now was probably just the best of a bad bunch. We need, I think, an arrangement that is a derivative of the American system, in that we exclude a third term for any incumbent; in our recent history the third term of governance for any incumbent seems to produce an errant strategy that causes more problems than it solves. The pendulum of extremes having swung to this, our present, will inevitably swing back, and if we’re lucky, the system will cater for all and not just those who find themselves born lucky. dimreepr
  • Score: -1

12:02am Fri 31 Jan 14

BigBoy22 says...

Well done Neil. It's all down to you. Keep up the good work
Well done Neil. It's all down to you. Keep up the good work BigBoy22
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