Westminster News

Help for working families in the Autumn Statement

Damian welcomes the announcements made in last week’s Autumn Statement to help people keep more of what they earn, new measures to boost incomes, and the on-going reforms to make sure work always pays.

Damian said:

record employment numbers continue

Damian has welcomed the news that employment across the UK continues to run at a record high – with 31.8 million people now in work - and that the unemployment rate has fallen to an 11-year low.

Damian, who is also Minister of Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions, said:

Damian welcomes record number of people in work

Damian has welcomed the news that the number of people in work across the UK remains at a record high.  According to today’s ONS figures there are 331,000 more people back in work in the South East since 2010. 

Employment numbers continue to break records

Damian welcomes the latest ONS employment numbers that show a record 31.77 million people are now in work - an increase of 2.7 million since 2010 – with the unemployment rate holding at 4.9 per cent; the lowest rate for over a decade.

Damian said:

Record-breaking levels of inward investment

Damian comments on the recently published numbers for foreign direct investment in the UK, with Britain benefiting from record-breaking levels in the last year, with a total of 2,213 projects secured across the country, creating or safeguarding around 116,000 jobs as a result - the second highest

Damian appointed Minister of Employment

In last week's reshuffle, Damian was appointed to the position of Minister of State for Employment, in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Damian will be reporting to new DWP Secretary of State, Damian Green. 

Damian welcomes record high level of jobs

Damian has welcomed today’s figures showing that unemployment has dropped to its lowest national rate since 2005, with 2.5 million more people in work than in 2010. 

Financial resilience is focus of Queen's Speech

Damian welcomes the focus of the Queen’s Speech on financial resilience and how the strengthening UK economy is helping to deliver greater security for working people right across the country.