MPs welcome East Lancashire unemployment decline

Blackburn Citizen: MPs welcome East Lancashire unemployment decline MPs welcome East Lancashire unemployment decline

MPS have welcomed figures showing a decline in East Lancashire unemployment.

Figures published by the Government showed unemployment had gone down by more than 28 per cent in Rossendale and Darwen in the past 12 months.

They also showed a 25 per cent drop in Pendle.

Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry said: “I am delighted to see unemployment in Rossendale and Darwen is continuing to fall.

“This is a clear indication that the combined efforts of employers, government initiatives and the tailored approach by the Jobcentre Plus team has proved to be yet another positive move in the right direction.”

Pendle’s Andrew Stephenson said: “It is great to see a big fall in unemployment across Pendle. With several local employers advertising new vacancies and big expansions, I hope these falls in unemployment will continue.”

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12:49pm Mon 27 Jan 14

leyton says...

and if you believe they figures you believe in religion.
and if you believe they figures you believe in religion. leyton

1:35pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Nearly a million people have stopped claiming sickness benefit since the new standards where enforced, whilst the benefits system is there for the needy and quite rightly so, this figure seems high, add to it every EU immigrant is by passing other country's to get here it raises the question have we been a benefits country far to long, getting people back to work in proper jobs gives them there self esteem back, long may this continue.
Nearly a million people have stopped claiming sickness benefit since the new standards where enforced, whilst the benefits system is there for the needy and quite rightly so, this figure seems high, add to it every EU immigrant is by passing other country's to get here it raises the question have we been a benefits country far to long, getting people back to work in proper jobs gives them there self esteem back, long may this continue. Lancs - pensioner

2:30pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Mothernature says...

I'd take this report with a pinch of salt. The reason for the decline in unemployment is down to many people being sanctioned, on workfare or other 'voluntary' courses/jobs. Also, the majority of new jobs are part-time or self employed on NMW. A very convenient way for employers to by pass paying NI, pension contributions & avoiding paying sick pay if an employee earns less than £109 gross per week.
I'd take this report with a pinch of salt. The reason for the decline in unemployment is down to many people being sanctioned, on workfare or other 'voluntary' courses/jobs. Also, the majority of new jobs are part-time or self employed on NMW. A very convenient way for employers to by pass paying NI, pension contributions & avoiding paying sick pay if an employee earns less than £109 gross per week. Mothernature

3:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

frank says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Nearly a million people have stopped claiming sickness benefit since the new standards where enforced, whilst the benefits system is there for the needy and quite rightly so, this figure seems high, add to it every EU immigrant is by passing other country's to get here it raises the question have we been a benefits country far to long, getting people back to work in proper jobs gives them there self esteem back, long may this continue.
what they didn't say was how many had their benefits reinstated on appeal, or how many were on their death bed when declared fit for work, or how many killed themselves as a result of being told they were fit for work when they weren't.
these figures are fantasy.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Nearly a million people have stopped claiming sickness benefit since the new standards where enforced, whilst the benefits system is there for the needy and quite rightly so, this figure seems high, add to it every EU immigrant is by passing other country's to get here it raises the question have we been a benefits country far to long, getting people back to work in proper jobs gives them there self esteem back, long may this continue.[/p][/quote]what they didn't say was how many had their benefits reinstated on appeal, or how many were on their death bed when declared fit for work, or how many killed themselves as a result of being told they were fit for work when they weren't. these figures are fantasy. frank

9:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Wishingwell says...

Now that employers are reporting real time to HMRC every month It would be interesting to see if there is a corresponding increase in the number of people paying national insurance. Now that would be the real evidence
Now that employers are reporting real time to HMRC every month It would be interesting to see if there is a corresponding increase in the number of people paying national insurance. Now that would be the real evidence Wishingwell

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