MSP hails Tories’ economic plan

John Lamont MSP
John Lamont MSP

New official figures show employment in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire has risen by 5,000 over the last four years.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show employment in the region is now at 35,000 or 79.7 per cent – a rise of 5,000 since May 2011, the earliest figures available for the area.

Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimant numbers in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire continues to fall, and currently stands at 882 – a fall of 333 or 27 per cent since May 2011.

John Lamont MSP told the Hawick News: “These figures show that the Conservative Government’s economic plan is working and helping to build a stronger, healthier Borders economy.

“Policies like tax cuts for businesses, the cap on benefits and cuts to income tax for those on low incomes means more and more Borderers are moving into work and more households now have the security of a pay packet.

“The Borders continues to perform well compared to Scotland and compared to the United Kingdom, but we need to stick to the economic plan which is delivering these good results.”