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News Tag: Jobseeker’s Allowance

December 7, 2011

Government reviews mortgage support for benefit claimants

by Jan Harris
Government reviews mortgage support for benefit claimants
The government has announced a review of its Support for Mortgage Interest scheme (SMI), which helps people receiving certain benefits if they are finding it difficult to pay their mortgage interest. SMI, which is available to people on benefits such as Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance and Pension Credits, costs the Government around £400 million annually. It helps prevent home ...




June 15, 2011

UK unemployment rate holds steady at 7.7%

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK unemployment fell further in the three months to April. The ONS said unemployment fell by 88,000 in the three month period to 2.430 million – the biggest fall since August 2000. The latest figures means the unemployment rate remained flat at 7.7%. However, the number of Britons claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) ...




December 2, 2010

Young jobless numbers surge

by Kay Mitchell
”Young
A report by the Prince's Trust and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has found that the number of young people claiming unemployment benefit has soared - costing the economy £155 million a week. The number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming jobseekers allowance escalated from 5,840 in 2008 to 25,800 this year, according to the report. The latest figures means the youth jobless rate is ...




December 23, 2009

TUC: Official figures show long-term unemployment soars

by Kay Mitchell
”TUC:
According to the TUC, the number of people spending their second consecutive Christmas claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has almost doubled. Using their calculations from official claimant count data, figures show the number of people claiming Jobseeker's allowance for more than a year rose to 201,015 in November 2009, from 103,930 in December 2008. Furthermore, the TUC said almost 60 local authorities now have ...




December 16, 2009

UK’s unemployment rate up to 13-year high of 7.9%

by Kay Mitchell
”UK’s
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed that UK unemployment rose by 21,000 in the three months to October to 2.491 million, taking the unemployment rate to 7.9% - a 13-year high. However, the increase was slower than expected and was the smallest quarterly rise since March-May 2008 Furthermore, the number of Britons claiming jobseeker's allowance (JSA) ...




October 26, 2009

Unemployed lone parents not receiving support, says charity

by Kay Mitchell
”Unemployed
Lone-parent campaign group Gingerbread has said new rules mean unemployed single parents are facing severe pressure to return to work by the Government. According to the charity, new regulations means almost 70,000 single parents with a child aged 10 to 16 will now receive jobseekers' allowance instead of income support. Currently, single parents aged over 18 whose youngest child is aged ...




October 14, 2009

UK unemployment up but increases slows

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
The UK economy has received a boost today with hopes that a recovery is well underway after the Office for National Statistics revealed that UK unemployment increased 88,000 to 2.47 million in the three months to August, taking the unemployment rate from 7.6% to 7.9%. Today’s figure was not as bad as expected and the rise in the number of unemployed was ...




September 16, 2009

UK unemployment continues to grow

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed that unemployment grew by 210,000 to 2.47 million in the three months to July - the highest level since 1995. The latest figures take the unemployment rate to 7.9%, up from 7.8%, according to the ONS. Meanwhile, the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance increased 24,400 to 1.61 million - the highest since May 1997 ...




August 21, 2009

Seaside towns hit by unemployment

by Kay Mitchell
”Seaside
Despite the latest trend for "staycations", British seaside resorts are being hit by unemployment. Staycations are a result of the recession as families tighten their purse strings, more people are holidaying in the UK to save money. However, according to the TUC, the trade union body, unemployment was at "crisis level" in many of England's popular beach resorts and an increase in tourism is ...




August 17, 2009

Gloomy jobs outlook for school leavers

by Kay Mitchell
”Gloomy
A report has warned of challenging times for school leavers this summer, according to the Prince's Trust and the University of Sheffield. According to the figures, a record number of school leavers could be claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and those leaving school with no GCSEs at all are twice as likely to sign on. Professor Danny Dorling, from the University of Sheffield, comments: "The ...




August 12, 2009

UK unemployment reaches 2.4m

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today show that the number of unemployed in the UK has risen to its highest level since 1995. Official figures show that unemployment increased by 220,000 to 2,435,000 in the three months to June, and takes the unemployment rate to 7.8%. The figures equate to around 2,500 losing their jobs a day. Meanwhile, the ONS said ...




July 15, 2009

May sees biggest ever quarterly rise in unemployment

by Kay Mitchell
”May
The Office for National Statistics has today revealed that UK unemployment rose by 281,000 in the three months to May - the biggest quarterly rise on record. Unemployment in the UK has now reached 2.38 million - the highest since 1995, while the unemployment rate is up to 7.6% - the highest in over a decade. Meanwhile, the number of people ...




July 6, 2009

CBI proposes ‘Alternative to Redundancy’ scheme

by Kay Mitchell
”CBI
In a bid to prevent rising job losses, the CBI is proposing an "alternative to redundancy" scheme. The scheme would mean employees would remain at home for up to six months, with a view to being called back to work when economic conditions improve. Alternatively, if demand is still low, employees would then be offered redundancy. Under the scheme, workers will receive ...




February 11, 2009

UK unemployment edges closer to 2 million mark

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that UK employment soared to 1.971 million between October and December - the highest level in over a decade. In addition, the ONS said the number of people receiving Jobseekers Allowance rose by 73,800 to 1.23 million in January - the fastest rate since February 2000. However, this ...




December 17, 2008

UK unemployment rate up to 6%

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that in the three months to October, the number of people out of work in the UK rose by 137,000 to 1.86 million. This represented the highest level in over a decade and takes the unemployment rate up from 5.8% to 6%. Meanwhile, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance grew by 75,700 in ...




November 12, 2008

UK unemployment at 11-year high

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that UK unemployment is at an 11-year high. According to the ONS, in the three months to September the number of people out of work in the UK soared by 140,000 to 1.82 million, the highest level since 1997. Meanwhile, claims for Jobseeker's Allowance rose by 36,500 to 980,900 in October, the highest ...