The Conservative Party’s general election candidate for West Suffolk, Matthew Hancock, told a business gathering that unemployment in Haverhill has been cut by 50 per cent since May 2010.
Mr Hancock, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister for Energy and Climate Change and Minister for Portsmouth, made the announcement during bestof Haverhill event held at Haverhill Days Inn last Thursday (16).
He also spoke about the importance of apprenticeships in ensuring that young people are trained and educated properly and commented that the number of young people taking up apprenticeships in Haverhill alone has doubled.
Supporting businesses to create an increasing number of jobs, making it easier for businesses to employ staff and raising the point at which hard working people start to pay income tax were the priorities.
Mr Hancock explained that the country is heading in the right direction and with three thousand new businesses in Suffolk this is an extremely encouraging and exciting time for the country, full of opportunity.
At a local level he spoke about the development of over 3,000 new homes in Haverhill having a positive effect on the town.
The High Street will see an increase in footfall, improvements to skills and education will be made through schools and apprenticeships, as well as with better quality transport links including the dualling of the A1307 and a railway link, which are both mentioned in the long-term development plan for the town.
Local businesses were given the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions on the issues affecting their businesses and day to day lives.
A number of questions were raised on a diverse range of topics including the NHS, weekend GP surgeries, inheritance tax and social housing.
Mr Hancock was very clear about the issues that he could assist with and gave assurances to take up these matters on behalf of his constituents should he be re-elected as our MP.
Elaine Carr, owner of thebestof Haverhill commented, “It’s always a pleasure to welcome Matthew as our guest speaker. This was the sixth year that he has spoken at our event and we are very grateful that he was still able to take the time to address our group with the General Election just a few weeks away.
“He is always a very engaging and interesting speaker.
“Matthew’s small business background enables him to relate to the challenges we have to overcome as business owners.”