This week we learned that 30.8 million of us have jobs. While I have blogged about the economy a bit recently, on the back of this news I wanted to come back to this topic because of how important this fact is.
There is a human face to the numbers when we talk about the 30.8 million of us in
Britain in work. Statistics are
often announced an impersonal way, which to be fair is understandable given the
impersonal nature of numbers. However, behind the employment figures released
on 17 December 2014 are people like you and I who now have the security of a
regular pay packet. We 30.8 million people are not just digits in a
spreadsheet, we are real people. We have real lives, real concerns, real bills
to pay, real families to take care of. None of which would be possible without
Behind the fact that 30.8 million of us have jobs is another story too, because having a £1 in your pocket is one thing but being able to make that go further is another. Having a job makes it possible to meet our obligations but there is more to it than that. How far our money goes is important too. That’s why it was good news when we learned another one of those lifeless statistics, on inflation, showed pay levels are increasing faster than prices in shops are increasing. More of us have the security of a steady wage, and now we have the extra security of knowing that the money in our pockets can get us a bit more too.
These are signs that the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is working. There is still more to do, as mentioned in my previous blog, the Chancellor was clear on that in the 2014 Autumn Statement. However, for the hardworking taxpayers doing the right thing and trying to get on in life, we can take these statistics as a sign that
Britain is on
the right road. For many of us the fear since the economic downturn in 2008 has
been that things would only get worse. However, the difficult decisions taken
by the Conservatives since they entered government in 2010 have made sure that
a) things have stopped getting worse and b) we are moving towards things being
better. Of the 30.8 million of us who have jobs today, 1.75 million have got
those jobs since David Cameron became Prime Minister.
We are moving towards a better, brighter more secure future. A lot of us have spent the years since the downturn began just trying to keep above water, so it can be hard to believe that things are actually improving. However, the statistics speak for themselves. Impersonal as the numbers may be they tell a true story. We have stopped falling and, instead of just clinging on, we are starting to climb our way back. Nonetheless, the slightest jolt could knock us off again.
If the Government were to stop trying to deal with our debts, if the Government were to begin spending and borrowing so it will have to tax more, all our personal finances would be at risk. Businesses may have to fire people to cope with the increased costs, and those us lucky to keep our jobs would find what’s left in our bank accounts at the end of the month would be less than we deserve it to be. There is no alternative to the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan to secure our future, and we must stick to it to guarantee future prosperity for ourselves, our families and our country.