Sir Edward Leigh: A Record Low Number of Children in Workless Households Means More Security for Families across the Gainsborough Constituency

Sir Edward Leigh, the Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough constituency, has welcomed new figures showing that there are 32,295 fewer children in workless household in the East Midlands since 2010.

The number of children living in households with no one working is at a record low, meaning fewer children are living in families without the security of work. Since last year 29,000 fewer children across the United Kingdom are living in workless households.

Overall across Britain the number of workless households is down 964,000 since 2010, with the proportion of workless households now at its lowest level since records began i 1996. The fall over the last year was 11,000.

Locally jobs are being created by business like AMP Rose in Gainsborough, who new £2 million factory, part-supported by West Lindsey District Council's Gainsborough Growth Fund, brought forward plans to expand the site and increase employment opportunities.

Sir Edward said:

“It’s excellent to see the number of children in workless households falling – with 32,295 fewer across the East Midlands since 2010. This means more children in families in throughout the Gainsborough constituency with the security that comes with a good job and a regular pay packet.

“This is further evidence that the Conservatives’ reforms to welfare and support for business to create more jobs, as part of our work to build a stronger economy, is working.

“We are working hard to build a stronger and fairer economy - delivering a brighter, more secure future for families in our communities – but there is more to do. That is why we are investing in a modern Industrial Strategy to build a country that works for everyone.”