Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Cambridge MP Huppert Optimistic For Future As Jobless Figures Fall Again


MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the news that jobless figures in Cambridge are down 40 on the same period last year saying it brings renewed optimism for the future.

The unemployment figure for December 2012 was 1,579 compared to 1,619 in the same period last year.

“This is excellent news for Cambridge,” said Julian. “This sustained drop in our unemployment figures generates real optimism for the future.

“Confidence among employers is continuing to grow and the creation of new jobs means that trading conditions are getting stronger. This is excellent news for those in work, because it creates greater stability and good news for those looking for jobs who will be able to see a real increase in vacancies.

“Obviously we mustn’t forget those families that are still struggling against a backdrop of unemployment and rising prices. It’s difficult for many trying to make ends meet. But I am confident that there are brighter times ahead.”
p;The Get Britain Cycling inquiry also heard from Times journalists who were behind the newspaper’s Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign. They called for leadership from the top and stronger guidance.
 Julian said: “This was an excellent first session with a lot of good evidence.

“Over the next few weeks we will be hearing from experts drawn from a wide range of organisations including, among others local authorities, civil servants from transport, health and education and road safety groups. All their evidence will be brought together so that we can encourage government-led improvements to make a real difference to cycling in this country.

“We need better cycling infrastructure, improved safety on our roads for cyclists, measures to make drivers more away and a change in the law to offer greater protection. Our government has shown some commitment to cycling with recent investment but it can do so much more year-on-year. It’s time for real change.”

A report of the inquiry will be published by the APPG on Cycling at the end of April.