I WAS disappointed to read Sarah Owen’s comments in the Observer (December 23), in which she discussed unemployment in the town.
Sarah Owen – Ed Miliband’s local spokesman – forgets, for example, that Saga has already created 320 jobs locally, with a target of 800 in total.
Other developments such as the new sustainable business park off Queensway demonstrate that business is moving to the town, and the coalition government has done much to encourage small enterprises.
Further, as has been recently pointed out, the increase in those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance nationally has slowed and welfare reforms are having a positive impact, with overall benefit claimant numbers falling by around 40,000 in the last 18 months.
Also the chief economic adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has said that ‘as long as there is a relatively benign outcome to the eurozone crisis we expect the 2012 jobs recession to be milder than that suffered in 2008-9’.
The last Government tried to deal with poverty by raising welfare standards, by giving money out.
This Government is trying to deal with poverty, and Labour’s fiscal mess, by helping families back into work, and ensure themselves a brighter future.