Figures released today show that wages have risen at their fastest pace in 10 years as employment reaches a record high, with more than 32.5 million people currently in work.
In the East of England there are 3,095,559 people in work – meaning 351,670 more people have the security of a job since 2010.
In North East Bedfordshire, the number of people who are claiming key out-of-work benefits has fallen by 787 since 2010 – an overall reduction of 46% per cent.
NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has welcomed these figures, saying:
“This is the biggest rise in wages for a decade and, with wages rising faster than prices, means that hard-working people can keep more of what they earn.
Taken alongside the fall in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits in NE Beds, it represents great news for my constituents in 2019”.