Milton Keynes’ unemployed falls by 25 per cent

City MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart
City MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart

Unemployment in Milton Keynes fell by 25 per cent over the last year, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The news has been welcomed by city MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart, as the number of people claiming benefits in MK has fallen by 1,119 over the past year.

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster, said: “These positive figures are great news for MK and show that the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is working.

“We’re helping people get off benefits and into work, giving them the security and peace of mind of a regular pay packet, but there is still much to do.”

Nationally, the ONS also announced that for the first time since 2009, wages are now increasing faster than inflation.

MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, said he was delighted to see the ONS figures.

Mr Stewart said: “We are doing the right things; creating a secure future for hardworking taxpayers.

“However, there is still a long way to go and we must not risk our hard fought gains.”

The ONS also announced that employment figures are at a record high with 30.8 million people in work – the highest level on record.

This means that on average, 13,000 more people are entered jobs every single week over the last year.