Record employment figures

Official jobs figures show that across the UK, there are now 32,900,951 people in work. It means that under the Conservatives, 3,853,354 more people now have the security of a job and a wage.

The employment rate is at a record high – and more people are in work than ever before – while unemployment is at its lowest since 1974. This is good news for families, who are also benefiting from another month of rising wages.

In Telford, we are making sure that people can have a job rather than being trapped on benefits, with the number of people who are claiming key out-of-work benefits falling by 791 since 2010 – a fall of 26%.

This Conservative Government is committed to helping people so that they can get on in life. This means helping people to progress, ensuring they can climb up the career ladder and reach their full potential.

The Chancellor has already announced the largest ever cash boost to the National Living Wage, which will rise to £8.72 in April - providing a well-deserved pay rise to 3 million people. And we want to go further, with an ambition to end low pay altogether.