David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

I was pleased to read earlier this week that accountancy firm BDO said its job index was the highest since 1998.

The job index measures hiring plans over the next three months, this is of course fantastic news that more people are in work and taking home a pay packet. We have seen this mirrored here in Morecambe and Lunesdale when the latest figures which were released last month showed that there’s now 600 fewer people unemployed than there was in April 2009 and over 100 people have been brought back into work since the previous figures had been published one month earlier.

Now that Parliament is in recess, I have started my summer tour. Please keep an eye on my website to find out where I will be and when.

Thank you to those who have already taken the time to come and say hello.

During the summer tour, I have visited a number of businesses and many of them didn’t know about the Employers Allowance. Employers can reduce the amount of National Insurance paid by upto £2000. if you usually pay less than £2,000 a year, you won’t have to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all.

Up to 1.25 million businesses and charities will benefit from Employment Allowance. Around 450,000 businesses and charities won’t have to pay any employer National Insurance contributions at all.

For more information, please have a look at the Government’s website www.gov.uk/employment-allowance.

My next summer tour advice surgery is on Thursday, August 21 at Asda, Salt Ayre, from 2pm–3.30pm, I will be in the customer café. Please do drop in while you are doing your shopping.

Congratulations to EDF apprentices Josh Brooks and Shane Slater who won awards at the EDF award ceremony recently. Nuclear power is really important to our local economy and it is thanks to people like Josh and Shane so well done. I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of the apprentices at Heysham.

My survey is currently being distributed all over the constituency.

If you haven’t received your copy yet, please call James on 01524 411059 and he will send you one. The survey is also available online at www.letdavidknow.co.uk.