New figures have shown that the number of people in work has reached a record high.

Over the last seven years we have been working hard to ensure that we build a strong economy that can continue to create more jobs. There are now 2.9 million more people in work than in 2010 and the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since 1975.

But we know there is more to do to build a stronger, fairer Britain. We want to protect and build on this progress to make sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of where they live or their background.

This news is a further step in that direction.