Prime Minister joins Henry Smith MP welcoming record low Crawley youth unemployment

The Prime Minister and Henry Smith MP have hailed the announcement that youth unemployment in Crawley is at its lowest level since comparable records began.

The rate has fallen by a third in the six months to November 2014, standing at 1.8 per cent.

Henry said;

“While I am pleased that Crawley youth unemployment has fallen by two fifths in the last year, I know there is more to do. This is why I organised the Crawley Jobs Fairs, to bring jobseekers and those looking for work together.

“I know how tough unemployment, and I want to do more to help people into work.”

Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley, asked the Prime Minister;

“The latest Office for National Statistics figures show that youth unemployment in Crawley is at its lowest level since records began, but of course we need to do a lot more. What further policies are the Government pursuing to ensure that businesses in Crawley and across the country generate even more employment as part of our long-term economic plan?”

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, responded;

“I am delighted to agree with my hon. Friend. The youth claimant count in Crawley has fallen by 42% in the last year alone, and the long-term youth claimant count—long-term young unemployed people—is down by 71%.

“He asks what more we can do. We are cutting the jobs tax on small businesses and charities by £2,000; we are abolishing national insurance contributions for those who employ under-21s; we are extending the doubling of small business rate relief; we have cut corporation tax, including for small firms; and start-up loans are being offered right around the country, including to those in Crawley, who are taking them up.

“This Government can claim to be the most friendly to start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses this country has ever seen.”

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