Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, welcomed latest data showing a fall in the number of people in his constituency claiming unemployment related benefits.

There were 1,950 actual claimants in North Herefordshire constituency in January 2021,  which was 3.8% of the population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 6.2%.

This was 15 lower than December 2020.

Commenting, Bill Wiggin MP said:

“I was pleased to see a small drop in the number of people in North Herefordshire claiming unemployment benefits. I am hopeful that with lockdown ending and a road map back to normality that this is the start of a decline in these numbers.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact, with the hospitality industry particularly hard hit, and having visited a local pub in the build up to Christmas, I was able to see first-hand how much of a lifeline the easing of restrictions were at the time.

As we begin to unlock and our Country gets back on its feet, I hope that the people in my constituency who have found themselves without work through no fault of their own, will once again be able to feel the security that having a job brings.

The Government offered unprecedented levels of financial support throughout this pandemic, and I welcome that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of April in response to restrictions.

It will help give people and businesses the certainty they need over what continues to be a difficult time for the whole world.

I also welcome that a huge package of retraining and reskilling has been put in place.

This package includes the £2 billion Kickstart scheme for young people, as well as funding for apprenticeships, traineeships and support for those looking for work.”