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Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Feltham and Heston constituency, the effects on that constituency of changes to the Department’s policies since 1997. (316674)

The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 Census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at:

The Government have put in place a broad programme of reform since 1997. Over the decade to 2007, the economic performance of all parts of the UK has improved considerably.

The global recession has had a negative impact on economic activity in all areas of the UK. However, the economy was starting from a position of strength and is actively supported by policies implemented by the Government, including the fiscal stimulus and a significant package of support for those out of work.

In Feltham and Heston people are benefiting from this investment. Over the second half of 2009, more than 760 people moved off of the claimant count each month on average. The claimant count fell for two consecutive months in October and November. At the end of 2009, claimant count unemployment is still nearly 3 per cent. lower and long-term unemployment 97 per cent. lower than in May 1997.