MP calls for debate on Coalition’s effect on unemployment

Belper MP Pauline Latham has called for a debate to be held on the Coalition’s ‘positive effect’ on unemployment.

The Tory politician asked for the Commons session to be staged during after figures revealed a drop in the amount of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance last week.

In response to Mrs Latham’s question, the Leader of the House, Andrew Lansley said that he was hopeful that a debate could be held on the subject in the New Year.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed the number of people unemployed in Mid Derbyshire fell by 35 in November alone, Mrs Latham said.

She also alluded to the fact that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the constituency has fallen by 385 over the last year.

“I am very pleased to see that the unemployment figures for Mid Derbyshire are so low,” Mrs Latham said.

“This is undoubtedly due to the high number of fantastic small businesses in the constituency, who have been helped by the Government’s SME-friendly policies.”

Last week we told how the dole queue across Derbyshire had shrunk in November from 11,192 to 10,435 - a fall of 757 or 6.8 per cent. That is the lowest number of Jobseekers’ Allowance claimants in Derbyshire since October, 2008, when the figure was 10,203

Mr Lansley said the number of people without jobs had fallen by around 6,000 across the East Midlands region, and that the Government was hopeful that it these figures would continue to decline over the next few months.