This week, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith MP visited Morecambe and Lunesdale to see some of the positive things businesses and the job centre in a Morecambe have been doing to ensure unemployment and youth unemployment continue to fall.
The first part of the visit was to Costain to the site of the M6 Link road build in Halton. Costain have been working very closely with the job centre to take people who are unemployed, train them and employ them on the project.
Currently there are 80 people who have gone through this scheme.
Iain met with apprentices and employees who had come through this route and heard from them what it means to them to be employed on the project.
The second part of the visit was to John Lowe and his team at Morecambe Job Centre Plus.
Iain heard from staff who are working on the front line in the job centre processing claims.
He talked with individuals working on universal credit and learnt how the new legislation was working with individuals in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
The Secretary of State was extremely impressed with the dedication of staff in the job centre to get people back into work.
On Friday of last week I also had a meeting with the Department of Transport Officials about the idea of the tunnel under the bay.
I have received a lot of support for the idea of a tunnel from local people and local businesses and this meeting with the DFT was to assess how best to go forward with this proposal.
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership are supporting the scheme and they have currently applied for some money for a feasibility study which has been ring-fenced by the cabinet office.
The next step of this scheme would be to conduct a feasibility study into the proposal but the Dft are very interested to hear about this project as it progresses and we have a feasibility study to take the project further.
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