Conservative candidate welcomes drop in benefit claims

Local Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock Conservative candidate Lee Lyons has welcomed recent figures which showed the number of people claiming out-of-work benefit has fallen in both constituencies by about a quarter in the last year.

A recent report produced by the House of Commons Library highlighted recent figures from Office for National Statistics which showed that claims for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) fell by 27.6% in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

Lee said: “I welcome these figures as they show that more people are getting off benefits and getting into work and is a sign that the long-term economic plan set out by the Conservative-led Government is working for people across the constituency.

Lee added: “Whilst these are positive signs, we need to continue on the road to recovery to ensure more people get into work in the area, which as we know ensures a more stable environment for those finding employment and their families”.