MP's dismay at job figures

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

SEASIDE towns like Weston need more help to recover from the struggling economy, the town's MP says.

SEASIDE towns like Weston need more help to recover from the struggling economy, the town's MP says.

John Penrose expressed his dismay at the latest figures that show unemployment in his constituency is up by 50 per cent year-on-year and says fresh thinking is needed.

Tax cuts for small firms and business rate discounts in coastal settlements have been proposed by the Conservatives to halt the slump.

Mr Penrose said: "It's been one piece of bad news after another for Weston's economy. As these figures show, Weston is already struggling to keep its jobs and we can't afford to lose anymore.

"Weston needs to be more than just a place for a great day out. We're a successful and attractive place to live and work too."

In a policy document aimed at helping the seaside, the Tories say they would encourage councils to reward enterprise and initiate a scheme of fairer funding for public bodies near the coast.

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