Supporting People into Employment: Essex

Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons am 2:34 pm ar 13 Tachwedd 2023.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Ceidwadwyr, Witham 2:34, 13 Tachwedd 2023

What steps his Department is taking to support people in Essex into employment.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Employment in Essex is up 4% on 2020 figures and better than in 2010. Full credit goes to the Essex jobcentre staff, who, working across the county with local skills providers, are providing real opportunities for local men and women. They held a 50-plus event in Witham recently, for example, and my right hon. Friend will be aware that there is a jobs fair in Maldon on Wednesday, just down the road from her constituency.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Ceidwadwyr, Witham

My hon. Friend is well aware of the fact that Essex is a powerhouse when it comes to employment, job creation and economic growth. That said, many businesses are still frustrated because they find recruitment and training difficult. We have the autumn statement coming up, but will he touch on some of the cross-departmental discussions he has been having to look at how we can support businesses by lowering taxes, getting rid of regulation and red tape, and helping them to employ more people and grow the economy?

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for her question, and for her robust championing of Conservative values and support for businesses and jobs in her constituency and across Essex. We at the DWP are working across Government to ensure that we consider different ways of supporting jobs, investment, childcare support, higher-paid skills and pathways into work. The views of my right hon. Friend are strongly put, and I am quite sure that Treasury Ministers and the Chancellor will have taken due notice.