LAST week we heard good news from three sources; first, employment rose by a record breaking 280,000 in the last 3 months, the highest rise since records began, and the vast majority were full time permanent jobs.
That's 280,000 more people with a wage, supporting their family and their local community. As Minister for Employment I'm pleased to see unemployment is now at a four-year low, and that there have been 17,000 new jobs in the North West since the election.
Secondly we heard that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sharply increased its growth forecast for the UK. It now expects the economy to grow 2.4 per cent this year, making the UK one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Thirdly: we heard the news that recorded crime in Wirral and Merseyside has fallen once again over the last 12 months. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in our communities has fallen by 13 per cent.
It’s great news that crime continues to fall here and around the country. Hardworking local police officers here can be rightly proud of their success in cutting crime.
We want to set the police free to fight crime. That’s why we have cut red tape and given police one simple target: cut crime.
These three pieces of news clearly demonstrate that the government’s long term economic plan will build a stronger, more competitive economy to secure a better future for Britain, by reducing the deficit; cutting income tax and freezing fuel duty; creating more jobs; capping welfare and reducing immigration and delivering the best schools and skills for young people for recovery is the right plan.
A lot has been achieved but a lot still has to be done.
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