Unemployment is down, apprentices are at a record high.
Unemployment in Lewisham Deptford dropped by 2.9% between June 2011 and June 2012, with employment rising by 1.4%.
Since entering Government, the Conservatives have focused on repairing the economy. Not a Labour-style quick fix of spending money funded by debt, but responsible, long-term reform to encourage businesses. We have:
- Invested in young people and skills, with 457,000 apprenticeships starting in 2011—a record increase
- Raised the income tax threshold, so anyone on the minimum wage pays less tax than under Labour
- Cancelled Labour’s tax on jobs—their increase in Employers’ National Insurance
- Cut the structural deficit by a quarter
With unemployment dropping locally and nationally, we are heading in the right direction, but there’s a long way to go.
Labour offer unsustainable spending and debt splurges; the Conservatives will deliver sound finances and a strong economy for Britain.