MSP praises reduction in jobseekers

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New statistics have shown fewer people in the local area are claiming jobseeker’s allowance.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show a total of 1,205 people were in receipt of the benefit in April – down by 77 on the same period last year.

And Angus South MSP, Graeme Dey praised the results but warned against complacency stressing the government remains committed to getting more people out of the job centre and into work.

He explained: “Getting people into employment and off benefits is of paramount importance and the new figures show we are continuing to effectively tackle this issue.

“Although the reduction has to be welcomed there is still a long way to go.

“There are still too many people struggling to find opportunities and that is what we need to change.

“But we are making significant progress on this front by providing more work, especially for our young people.”