David Morris column

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

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 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 I had a meeting with the Chief Executive of Adactus housing association, to find out about the investment Adactus are putting into Morecambe and Lunesdale by building new houses.

I also heard about how Adactus ensure that their properties are of a high standard for tenants when they move in and the process they go through to ensure that all properties are well maintained.

In the next couple of weeks I will be continuing to investigate Chatsworth Gardens and the delay by the council on regenerating this area.

This week Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said in an answer to a parliamentary question that Lancaster City Council sent back four million that was supposed to be spent on the project in 2004.

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