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Greater Manchester

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on that constituency of his Department policies since 1997. (322137)

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:

http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk./

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 Gorton people are benefiting from this investment. Since the middle of 2009, more than 730 people moved off of the claimant count each month on average. At the beginning of 2010, claimant count unemployment is still nearly 18 per cent. lower and long-term youth unemployment 85 per cent. lower than in May 1997.