After the May election result with a working majority, the Conservative Government at Westminster has started to set out what we intend to do over the coming years. Compare this business-like way of working with the Labour leadership contest! The country made the right choice and expect us to continue our good work.
In this and past newsletters (see attached) are the facts behind the good Conservative work we are doing in Staffordshire which is the background to our phenomenal election result in Staffordshire. Just to remind you, 50.23% of all total Parliamentary votes cast were for Conservatives with increased Parliamentary majorities and Newcastle under Lyme almost won with Labour’s majority halved.
In this month’s edition of News You can Use….
· Look Ahead Now to Elections in 2016 and 2017
· Osborne Budget 2015 is a Winner for Staffordshire
· …And in Staffordshire Our Finances Are on Track
· £90 million Boost to Staffordshire Economy from Troop Redeployment
· Staffordshire Conservatives Area Management Executive AGM
· Stafford Town Centre Library to Re-Open at New Home in September
· Tamworth Gets £900,000 Boost for Assembly Rooms
· Major Milestone for Lichfield Industrial Park
· Superfast Broadband Boost for Kinver
· Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay on the Boil for Ironman
We’ve had to make some tough decisions over the past 6 years after 28 years of Labour rule in Staffordshire. Tough, occasionally unpopular but solidly Conservative messages have actually done our county of Staffordshire a great deal of good in the past six years and that is the direction we must continue to tread..
The latest unemployment (JSA claimant count) figures for June have been released and the claimant rate for Staffordshire remains at 0.9%.
This is both the joint lowest rate ever recorded in the county and, in terms of actual numbers, the lowest number of JSA claimants ever recorded, going under the 5,000 mark for the first time to 4,784 with a huge annual drop of just over 37%.
Such a small number of people claiming JSA in Staffordshire is good news for everyone in the county and means people are making the most of the opportunities on offer. The challenge still is to attract better paid skilled jobs, not just jobs for the sake of employment and reduce welfare dependency. Other areas have that challenge.
These figures are clear evidence that our long-term Conservative economic plan is working—George Osborne has delivered where Ed Balls and Gordon Brown miserably failed. This 0.9% number isn’t just an abstract prediction or academic speculation – it is evidence of more better paid jobs, more security for families and more business for Staffordshire and less pressure on public services.
Leader, Staffordshire County Council