Willott: rising employment, real incomes growing – things are on the up!

April 17, 2014 10:14 AM

Speaking at conference

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24m in the three months to February, official figures have shown.

At the same time, average earnings in the three months to February grew 1.7% compared with a year earlier. With the latest figures out this week showing a fall in inflation to 1.6% in March that means wages are now increasing faster than inflation, for the first time in six years (apart from 2 months in 2010).

Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff, has welcomed the news saying:

"The past few years have not been easy for households and businesses all over the country, including here in Cardiff. People have put up with a lot of pain and austerity, but I think these new figures demonstrate why this was necessary and that the Coalition Government has been on the right track.

"We have had a recovery on paper for a few months, but I am delighted that people are now actually starting to feel this in their back pocket. Clearly we're not out of the woods yet, but this is good news on which we can build."

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