Last week’s economic figures show that wages have risen at their fastest pace in 10 years as employment reaches a record high, with more than 32.5 million people currently in work.

More people than ever before have the security of a regular pay packet, wages are continuing to rise faster than prices meaning people’s pay goes further and as a Government we are working hard to ensure more higher paid jobs. Across Aldridge-Brownhills unemployment continues to fall and stands 60% lower than in April 2010.

This is welcome news and we should also recognise the role of local employers and businesses in helping to achieve this.

There is still more to do, but we are creating a stronger and fairer economy for the benefit of everyone.