Old Bexley & Sidcup top employment performer

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants has fallen more sharply in Old Bexley and Sidcup than elsewhere in the capital. The claimant count fell 36.3% in the constituency in the year to February as the economy continues to grow and create jobs.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics for Old Bexley and Sidcup compare to a London average 24.5% fall in the claimant count.

Commenting James said: “I welcome the news that the number of people in employment continues to grow. Since 2010, more than 1.7million private sector jobs have been created and we now have more people in work than at any other time in the past.”

“I am also pleased to hear that the number of young people in work is increasing steadily, allowing them to gain vital experience which has been shown to make them more likely to continue in paid employment and less likely to become claimants again in the future.”