The fall in unemployment in Eastbourne is being applauded by the town’s former MP.
Recent figures show the number of people out of work in the town has halved since 2010, which is when Stephen Lloyd was elected to represent the town in Parliament. He served as MP for five years, during which time he introduced an initiative to get more people into the work place.
Speaking to Eastbourne Buzz Mr Lloyd said, “I am absolutely delighted that unemployment in Eastbourne has halved over the last six years. Dropped by over a thousand in fact! One of my absolute priorities when I was elected as the MP in 2010 was to help get people into jobs. This is why I was the first MP from across the UK to launch the 100 apprentices in 100 days’ initiative in our town – subsequently copied by over 175 other MPs - supported numerous new businesses to get off the ground and worked in partnership with all the statutory agencies to support people back into employment. And Eastbourne stepped up brilliantly as it always does. We bucked the recession better probably than any other seaside town and we’re now set to benefit. I take my hat off to all those residents who worked so hard in succeeding to get a job, and our town for responding so positively. Onwards and upwards Eastbourne.”