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Fewer young people signing on in resort

Pensions Minister Esther McVey

Pensions Minister Esther McVey

More young people in Blackpool are getting back into work, according to the latest Government figures.

The number of people aged under 24 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 12 months fellin Blackpool from 250 to 200 for December 2013, compared to December 2012.

In the North West as a whole, the reduction was 2,800 – the largest reduction of any region in Britain.

Department for Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey, said: “It’s clear the Government’s long term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work is proving successful.”

Jodie Bates, 24, from Blackpool, had been unemployed for more than five years before getting a job as a housekeeper at The Rose Hotel on Blackpool Promenade.

She said: “Having been out of work for so long, it feels great to be earning a wage and not having to sign on for benefits any more.”

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