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.
“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.”
For video of Henry asking this Question to the Prime Minister, please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IkwbXIpsgc