Harlow MP expresses his delight that unemployment in Harlow has fallen in every month since February

News / Sat 29th Jan 2022 at 11:59am

MP Robert Halfon has welcomed new employment figures that appear to show thousands more Harlow residents have been getting into work over the past year with more people in work month-on-month.

The Harlow MP says that the statistics comes in line with a number of actions the Government has taken as part of their “Plan for Jobs” including:

  • Protecting more than 19,500 Harlow jobs through the furlough scheme 
  • 6,000 Harlow self-employed residents support with £62 million of self-employment grants
  • Over £250 million to support local businesses with grants, business rate relief, VAT reductions and many other measures
  • £3,000 apprenticeship employment grant
  • Kickstart scheme to help reduce youth unemployment
  • Opening a new job centre in the Harvey Centre and doubling the number of work coaches

Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, has strongly welcomed the figures. He said: “Throughout the pandemic I have worked hard to secure as much support for Harlow’s workers and local businesses as possible. I am pleased that the Government has spent well over £250 million to protect our local economy from the worst of the pandemic and now we are seeing more local residents in work month-on-month. 

“This is extremely positive news, but there is much still to do. I will continue to champion skills and apprenticeships and do everything possible to see more high-skilled jobs created as we build an even better Harlow.

“We have a number of major investments into our College and wider town that will create even more jobs and apprenticeships including the £12 million Advanced Manufacturing Centre and new Institute of Technology at Harlow College, the Enterprise Zone, the move of the UK Health Security Agency to Harlow and many other investments besides.”

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3 Comments for Harlow MP expresses his delight that unemployment in Harlow has fallen in every month since February:

2022-01-30 11:30:58

I must admit I'm often knocking on Robert Halfon's e door and asking him to reconsider or do more, especially about the Council's support for hggt, pollution and the destruction of the wildlife of the Stort Valley but Robert's suggestions that windfall taxes are applied to big businesses and energy companies rather than indescriminately raising National Insurance is an excellent proposition. Puts Robert in the running to replace Boris as Conservative Party Leader, the understanding that comes from representing Harlow might well be useful to help the Conservatives really understand the Red Wall seats!!!!! If Labour doesn't wake up these seats might be very difficult to regain.

2022-01-30 14:09:04

That's funny, Robert Halfon voted for the massive hike in National Insurance contributions. He has also consistently voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed. he has consistently voted in favour of big business with regard to a fall in corporation tax. This does not benefit ordinary people. As to the destruction of wildlife in the Stort Valley that's a done deal. Time to protest as when the first consultation and plans were made.

2022-01-30 18:09:33

A bit of a red herring really Robert Most of the jobs are as a result of Covid and people going back to their countries and also the lack of people turning up for work because they have the sniffles so companies need coverage! Its got nothing to do with government furlough schemes! just await the massive increase in National insurance to take effect! In April!

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