There has been a fall in unemployment for people ages over 50 by more than 20 per cent, according to figures.

Since 2010 there has been a decrease of 22 per cent in the number of people over 50 who are out of work.

The news has been welcomed by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois.

The MP, along with Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes launched the Enfield Over 50s Jobs Forum in October 2014 to help older people back into work.

Mr de Bois said: “It’s great to see more over 50s finding work in Enfield. Since the general election, over-50s unemployment has come down 21.9 per cent after it rose 81 per cent under Labour from 2005-2010.

“There are many over-50s who want to work and would be a fantastic asset to our local businesses in Enfield and the British economy. We need to do everything we can to challenge stereotypes and support more older people into work. These figures show the good progress we are making.

"At my fourth annual jobs fair on Thursday, February 26 at Southbury Leisure Centre between 11am to 3pm we will also have a special centre for over 50s who are looking for advice from experts on job hunting, CV preparation and challenging done of the barriers some over 50s face when trying to get back into work."