'The Government is committed to addressing problems of economic and social deprivation, wherever they occur, and to...
'The Government is committed to addressing problems of economic and social deprivation, wherever they occur, and to provide employment opportunities for all', said Hilary Armstrong, Minister for the Regions, in response to a new report from the TUC, 'The Regional Job Divide'.
Hilary Armstrong added: 'We must continue to help people in deprived areas to gain access to the many jobs that are now available close to these areas.
Regeneration programmes and our new Regional Development Agencies will be key weapons to create jobs and enable the whole country to share in the benefits of our thriving economy.
'There are economic and social differences between regions, but differences within regions are at least as great - as the TUC report highlights.
'I welcome the TUC's endorsement of the progress we have made, with employment increasing by over 750,000 since May 1997 and claimant unemployment falling to its lowest level for twenty years. There are new jobs coming up all of the time in all of the regions.'