Our welfare reform agenda is about making a fair and affordable system that incentivises work: giving people the support they need to get off benefits and into a job.
Today's figures are encouraging, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance down and the number of people in work increasing.
The fall in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits, together with the news that there are currently over half a million vacancies available in the UK economy, show that there are opportunities out there for those who are prepared to work hard, and who aspire to get on in life.
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Wednesday will be wet to start with and will remain overcast for much of the morning, perhaps with mist and hill fog for some.
Wednesday will start damp and cloudy, perhaps with mist and hill fog for some.
A light breeze winds across the region, with clouds and rainy spells. There may be mist or fog in places.