Fall in job­less - but more has to be done says MP

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dougle Dickie

The num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing job­seek­ers al­lowance in the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency has fallen by nearly a quar­ter in the past year.

Fig­ures re­leased last week by the of­fice of na­tional statis­tics showed 2054 peo­ple were on JSA through­out April.

That com­pares with 2722 in April 2014, a drop of 24.5 per cent.

April’s fig­ures were the low­est since De­cem­ber when the fig­ure dipped un­der 2000 for the first time since Oc­to­ber 2008.

Cathy Macphail, Cus­tomer Ser­vice Op­er­a­tions Manager for South La­nark­shire with the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions, said: “Our Job­cen­tres con­tinue to work with a wide range of em­ploy­ers to help job­seek­ers move into work as quickly as pos­si­ble and have ac­cess to dig­i­tal fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing Wi- Fi and cus­tomer com­put­ers to en­able claimants to carry out on­line job­search and make elec­tronic job ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We of­fer one to one sup­port tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual need and have ac­cess to a range ser­vices to help pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port if nec­es­sary. Over­all it’s re­ally great news that there are fewer peo­ple out of work.”

The num­ber of young peo­ple aged 18 to 24 is down to 460, the low­est in al­most seven years while the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing JSA for over a year has dropped by 38 per cent in the past 12 months.

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West has a JSA rate of three per­cent, above both the Scot­tish (2.3 per cent) and UK (1.9 per cent) av­er­age.

Mar­garet Ferrier MP said more had to be done to get lo­cal peo­ple back into work: “It’s good to see the JSA fig­ures fall­ing but we are still be­hind na­tional av­er­age and a lot of work needs to be done.

“Hope­fully my­self and my fel­low 55 SNP MP’s can win the eco­nomic pow­ers we re­ally need to help cre­ate new jobs and grow our lo­cal econ­omy.

“All the new MP’s are still in the process of bed­ding in but once I have my staff and of­fices in place I will be con­tact­ing part­ner­ship agen­cies like Clyde Gate­way to see how I can sup­port their ef­forts to bring new jobs to the area.

“They al­ready have work in progress at Shaw­field which has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate thou­sands of posts and I will do all in my power to pro­tect their fund­ing streams for this es­sen­tial work.”

Tay­lor Muir, of the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West branch of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, said the fig­ures were proof the UK Gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic plan was work­ing: “Ob­vi­ously it is wel­come news in the con­stituency for peo­ple who have the se­cu­rity of a job and a wage.

“This gov­ern­ments plan is about work­ing to­wards full em­ploy­ment, so that every­body in our coun­try who wants to can have the chance of a de­cent job, a de­cent home and a good life for their fam­ily.

“By build­ing a stronger econ­omy we are de­liv­er­ing on this and that is why we were re-elected two weeks ago.”

De­crease The num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing job­seek­ers al­lowance lo­cally has fallen, (inset) MP Mar­garet Ferrier

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