Unemployment figures show Mildenhall’s resilience says leader

12 Feb 2015

Sandra Lambert and Cllr James Waters

The leader of Forest Heath District Council has said new figures, which show the number of unemployed people in Mildenhall fell by 200 in less than two years, illustrates how the area will continue to thrive after the base closure.

Cllr James Waters met with Sandra Lambert, Work Services Director for Central England, at the Department of Work and Pensions, on Wednesday.

Sandra was visiting the Mildenhall Jobcentre, which relocated from Church Yard to the council offices in College Heath Road in April last year. Just a year earlier, in April 2013, the Mildenhall Jobcentre had 315 people on its books claiming Jobseekers Allowance. Today that figure is down to 115.

Cllr Waters said: “We are seeing a remarkable ongoing success story here in Mildenhall and the surrounding villages. The council strives to supply the tools for economic growth, whether that is through making grants to small new businesses, encouraging the development of new business land, or pulling in Government funding via our partners such as the Local Enterprise Partnerships to enable the creation of jobs.

“We have also strengthened our working relationship with the Jobcentre who have the added benefits of working with the CAB and Social services, both of which are based at our offices in College Heath Road.

“At the heart of it all, we are working with our communities, helping them in their ambitions and drive for success. The reaction since the announcement over RAF Mildenhall says it all. Everybody wants to work together to achieve the best for our area. The Jobcentre, alongside the council and our other partners, will play a key part in any regeneration of this site, and it was good to have the opportunity to discuss this work with Sandra during her visit.”

Sandra said: “The move to Forest Heath District Council has been incredibly successful, working in partnership not only with the council but also the CAB and Social services. This has been invaluable in aiding the support we can give our customers in their journey back into sustainable employment.”

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