22nd April 2016

Recent figures from the DWP show that unemployment in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency has fallen by 16% compared to March, 2015.

Last year, the rate which those claiming JSA or out-of-work Universal Credit stood at 5% and has fallen to 4.2% this year – a decrease of 16%.

Unemployment has fallen more quickly in Motherwell and Wishaw than it has across Scotland and the UK – decreasing by 6.3% and 7.4% respectively.

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows commented:

“I am really pleased to see that unemployment within the constituency has fallen and that more people are able to get back into the workplace.

The Scottish Government has gone to great lengths to protect jobs in the community, particularly in our iconic steelworks. But there is work still to be done.

The SNP has pledged to invest another £500 million in our NHS if re-elected in May, taking funding to £13 billion. The SNP has already achieved the highest NHS staffing levels on record, but this fund will ensure 100 radiotherapy specialists to tackle cancer and an additional 100 GP training places per year. There will also be significant staff increases in other areas.

The SNP have also pledged £750 million in additional funding for education. This will be controlled by head teachers to improve their schools with the aim of raising attainment.

Investing in our public services has helped reduce unemployment, but so too has having a competent government in Holyrood. It is on that basis that the SNP are campaigning to be re-elected as the Scottish Government this May.”