Fall in unemployment levels in South Lakeland welcomed by Farron

WESTMORLAND MP Tim Farron has welcomed new figures showing a fall in unemployment in South Lakeland.

According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics, Westmorland and Lonsdale's unemployment rate fell to just 1.1% of the population aged 16 - 64.

This meant that there were 119 fewer claimants than in July 2012 and 10 fewer claimants than last month.

These figures show that there are 472 people receiving Job Seekers Allowance in South Lakeland.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale has the fifth highest rate of employment out of all 650 UK constituencies.

Commenting, Tim said: "This announcement is heartening news for our local economy, and shows the continued resilience of South Lakeland's businesses to an extremely challenging economic climate.

“That said, we must remember that the South Lakes has a large elderly population which is not included in these figures.

"Whilst it is good news that our unemployment rate is so low, wages are also often lower here as the South Lakes has a higher percentage of seasonal workers than other places in the region."

Figures for Cumbria as a whole show that last month, those out of work for a year or more fell marginally but is still 360 people higher than a year ago.

Cumbria-wide in July, 1,393 people started claiming JobSeekers Allowance - up on June. But 1,681 people stopped claiming the benefit.

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7:34pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Lakeuk says...

Amazing Tim's able to give a quote whilst on holiday ;)
Amazing Tim's able to give a quote whilst on holiday ;) Lakeuk

9:35pm Mon 19 Aug 13

fellsman says...

Must be holidaying in the sun - it's got to him - he hasn't claimed the credit
Must be holidaying in the sun - it's got to him - he hasn't claimed the credit fellsman

9:40am Tue 20 Aug 13

Blogtrotter says...

Lakeuk wrote:
Amazing Tim's able to give a quote whilst on holiday ;)
Tim might be on holiday, but his press office are still hard at it, churning out the usual meaningless quotes for the WMG to print in his absence.

Again, nice to see the usual political balance being displayed in the Gazette.

If TIm can have a holiday, why can't we have a holiday from Tim?
[quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: Amazing Tim's able to give a quote whilst on holiday ;)[/p][/quote]Tim might be on holiday, but his press office are still hard at it, churning out the usual meaningless quotes for the WMG to print in his absence. Again, nice to see the usual political balance being displayed in the Gazette. If TIm can have a holiday, why can't we have a holiday from Tim? Blogtrotter

9:40am Tue 20 Aug 13

Blogtrotter says...

Lakeuk wrote:
Amazing Tim's able to give a quote whilst on holiday ;)
Tim might be on holiday, but his press office are still hard at it, churning out the usual meaningless quotes for the WMG to print in his absence.

Again, nice to see the usual political balance being displayed in the Gazette.

If TIm can have a holiday, why can't we have a holiday from Tim?
[quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: Amazing Tim's able to give a quote whilst on holiday ;)[/p][/quote]Tim might be on holiday, but his press office are still hard at it, churning out the usual meaningless quotes for the WMG to print in his absence. Again, nice to see the usual political balance being displayed in the Gazette. If TIm can have a holiday, why can't we have a holiday from Tim? Blogtrotter

4:11pm Tue 20 Aug 13

KendalMintCrackers says...

Every time Tim Farron is mentioned on this website, there is the same, boring replies, complaining about how his name is in the news again. Unfortunately / fortunately he is our MP, and one of the perks of being in power is that people are interested in what you have to say. You've all made your points before, it's not interesting anymore!
Every time Tim Farron is mentioned on this website, there is the same, boring replies, complaining about how his name is in the news again. Unfortunately / fortunately he is our MP, and one of the perks of being in power is that people are interested in what you have to say. You've all made your points before, it's not interesting anymore! KendalMintCrackers

5:54pm Tue 20 Aug 13

jazzactivist says...

Surely it would be far worse if our MP wasn't regularly in the local news? We'd all be wondering what he is up to with our taxpayers' money! I don't like the way the Lib Dems have cosied up to the Tories in government, or the way Tim Farron started off speaking out against the coalition but then did a U-turn on it and now can't be trusted, but he is our MP and there are far worse candidates available!

I'm suspicious of any figures that show unemployment has reduced in this area, especially as seasonal work will naturally create a drop anyway. What counts is whether there are secure, decently paid jobs available throughout the year that are being offered to unemployed people. If that's the case then everyone should be shouting about the success, not just Tim Farron.
Surely it would be far worse if our MP wasn't regularly in the local news? We'd all be wondering what he is up to with our taxpayers' money! I don't like the way the Lib Dems have cosied up to the Tories in government, or the way Tim Farron started off speaking out against the coalition but then did a U-turn on it and now can't be trusted, but he is our MP and there are far worse candidates available! I'm suspicious of any figures that show unemployment has reduced in this area, especially as seasonal work will naturally create a drop anyway. What counts is whether there are secure, decently paid jobs available throughout the year that are being offered to unemployed people. If that's the case then everyone should be shouting about the success, not just Tim Farron. jazzactivist

2:50pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Blogtrotter says...

KendalMintCrackers wrote:
Every time Tim Farron is mentioned on this website, there is the same, boring replies, complaining about how his name is in the news again. Unfortunately / fortunately he is our MP, and one of the perks of being in power is that people are interested in what you have to say. You've all made your points before, it's not interesting anymore!
The point is, that if you are expressing an opinion on everything (which is generally the case for Farron) then naturally, the currency and credibility of that opinion is significantly devalued.

Also, by highlighting the apparent disparity in coverage between Tim and the other political parties in the district, we can achieve a better balance, then it is a point worth making.

Let's see some column inches dedicated to the thoughts of Labour, the Conservatives and the minor parties and independents. The Gazette does after all claim to be independent of political bias.

It may even enliven and elevate the level of debate in the newspaper, and who know may attract more readers.
[quote][p][bold]KendalMintCrackers[/bold] wrote: Every time Tim Farron is mentioned on this website, there is the same, boring replies, complaining about how his name is in the news again. Unfortunately / fortunately he is our MP, and one of the perks of being in power is that people are interested in what you have to say. You've all made your points before, it's not interesting anymore![/p][/quote]The point is, that if you are expressing an opinion on everything (which is generally the case for Farron) then naturally, the currency and credibility of that opinion is significantly devalued. Also, by highlighting the apparent disparity in coverage between Tim and the other political parties in the district, we can achieve a better balance, then it is a point worth making. Let's see some column inches dedicated to the thoughts of Labour, the Conservatives and the minor parties and independents. The Gazette does after all claim to be independent of political bias. It may even enliven and elevate the level of debate in the newspaper, and who know may attract more readers. Blogtrotter

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