Official ONS figures show that in South East, there are now 4.7 million people in work – meaning that, under the Conservatives, almost 470,000 more people have been able to access the security of a job.
Wages have risen again, ahead of prices for 19 consecutive months, meaning families have greater financial security and can plan for their future with confidence.
In Reading East, the number of people who are claiming key out-of-work benefits has fallen by 755 since 2010 – an overall reduction of one third.
These figures show the underlying strengths of our economy – with millions of people benefiting from a sustained boost in pay and access to a regular pay cheque. The Conservatives have a proven track record on delivering on jobs, with nationally 3.6 million more people in work since 2010.
By getting Brexit done on 31 October, the Conservatives will move the country forwards and focus on the people’s priorities – investing in our NHS, tackling violent crime, and reducing the cost of living.
Craig Morley has welcomed these figures, saying:
“These figures are another sign that the fundamentals of the British economy are strong as we prepare to leave the EU. And with more people in work in Reading East since 2010, more families have greater financial security and can confidently plan for their future.
“Families across the constituency are benefiting from a sustained boost in their wages - the Conservatives are helping people with the cost of living so that their pay packets can go further.
“Labour won’t allow the country to move on from Brexit and their dangerous plans would wreck the economy – meaning higher taxes, more debt and fewer jobs – just like last time.”