Torridge leader wants encouraging drop in unemployment to help permanent regeneration


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July improvement must mean permanent growth, says Council leader Collins

Torridge District Council leader Philip Collins has urged his fellow councillors not to rest on their laurels after seeing unemployment fall again in July.

Much like in North Devon, Torridge’s Job Seekers Allowance claimant count hit its lowest level for two years in July 2013, and Mr Collins has welcomed this good news.

“This is certainly good news for the people of Torridge though we must remember that we are in the middle of the summer season so the figures may only be temporarily improved,” he said. “But it certainly is a move in the right direction.

“The Council continues to work hard to regenerate the local economy permanently - Caddsdown Phase 2 has been sold and with heavy investment in the new AgriBusiness centre in Holsworthy and Brunswick Wharf in Bideford we hope for continued steady growth.

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“We need to keep going and work towards a higher paid economy as well as more employment - our priority at TDC - but the real answer is with the government. I know there are many employers in Torridge that are keen to help our residents gain a job.

“There are challenges to come of course, but we will meet them head on.”

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