Local jobless count still rising

Plans for 300 jobs on Pirelli site were abandoned for more flats. Cllrs Trenchard, Wall and Bicknell celebrate in a recent 'Focus'

There was mixed news for Eastleigh jobseekers today as latest jobs figures released show a quarterly rise in local JSA claimants.

Although the number had fallen from a peak of 2000 in January 2010, the latest figures Eastleigh have shown a rise for the third successive quarter.

The total number of claimants in the Borough now stands at 1,594 although there is also some good news as the month on month figure has recorded a drop of 0.1% and the number of advertised job vacancies rose in April to 338 from only 289 vacancies in March – however at the peak of the boom in December 2007 there were over 1000 vacancies – a situation when there were more vacancies than job seekers.

Quarterly JSA Claimant count for Eastleigh

Although the number of vacancies in Eastleigh Jobcentre has risen, it is a poor indicator of the state of the local labour market as only a third of them – around 100 jobs – are actually in the Borough.

Some of the advertised vacancies are for jobs as distant as Birmingham or Daventry.

The number of 18 -24 year old claiming JSA has also increased month on month by 0.1% to 435 which is the six consecutive monthly increase for young out-of-work people.

The number of claimants in Eastleigh South also rose by 1% m.o.m and is now 4.5%.

The ward is a local employment black spot with the highest percentage of unemployed people in the Borough.

Interestingly it also has the lowest percentage turnout in elections.

  12 comments for “Local jobless count still rising

  1. Brian Norgate
    May 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I and other Labour Councillors on Eastleigh Council warned of this through out the committee stages at EBC and worse i am afraid is to come for those looking for work and those looking for apprenticeships in Eastleigh.

    EBC plans for the Chickenhall Link road now called Riverside played a big part in the consortium who owned the Railworks in Campbell road to transfer work to Wolverton which closed
    the towns main employer.

    EBC were over optomistic in their approach to the development Chickenhall road area, something that runs through many of their developments, most of the larger plans fail
    but cause detriment to employment sites in eastleigh and hence job opportunities for local

    There never was a plan B, now EBC hope a small company could bring 1,000 jobs to the railway works as advertised in the Lib dem leaflets, this was always a non runner, this got reduced to 600 in another Lib dem leaflet all at election time and the evidence shows it will always be half of that but they lost 650
    people who were already employed there. Notice the Lib dems running EBC never seem to explain how this happened or any of the li dem councillors ever asked questions about the risks to employment.

    I worked at the Railway and was involved in some of the negotiations over the closure of the Alstom railway works. St Modwin and Jim Clark were involved and it was hoped the railway depot would have a good access to the airport which made the Campbell road site important to the development of the employment
    zone which the people of Eastleigh trusted the Council to protect their employment.

    Keith house quoted all the people losing their jobs at Alstom could get jobs at the Airport and when i pressed him for an apology after the Chickenhall link road and development collapsed Keith House declined the opportunity.

    if EBC were only half as generous to the developers of the former Alstom site as they
    planned to be to the 32million rosebowl(two deals were potentially in breach of the European trade act both supported by Keith House) perhaps we could have employment back
    that would help the skills the unemployed of Eastleigh have.

    A senior manager from a Rail company said now they have moved from Eastleigh their directing mind was not to return, thats the duty of care EBC should have protected at all costs when negotiating the Chickenhall link road and is a major contributor to the latest employment figues

    • May 19, 2011 at 2:59 am

      What do you care.?? Talking of being betrayed is fine coming from a ex Councillor who jumped ship in Eastleigh to try and stand as a Councillor in Southampton and failed.

      I find it incredible that now you have given up on Eastleigh people, you decide now to moan about the council.

      How silent you were when you could have made a difference.!!

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I was disappointed that Brian decided to stand down but he still takes an interest in the town otherwise he wouldn’t be posting on here.
    I’m afraid I can’t see the new Councillor for Eastleigh South ever standing up to the leader or presenting an alternative budget to council.

    • son of easy peasy
      May 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Picknell isn’t a Councillor.

      He is just a puppet dancing to Keith House’s tune.

  3. Anne Romaine
    May 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    What is it with this animosity from Matthew Myatt towards Brian Norgate. Are they related in some way and having a family spat?

    • May 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm


      Not related.!! I just object to being called a ‘Lib Dem’ by a man who claims to stand for Labour vaules but then jumps into bed with the Lib Dems in every meaning of the word.

      He gives out details about how The POINTless costs us the local tax payer thousands of pounds, keeping the people who dislike the waste of money being poured into this cash cow but then makes statments supporting The Point when he thinks no one can hear him.

      Whilst I support a lot of what Brian has done for Eastleigh on paper, I fear there is a double standard at work here..

  4. Peter Stewart
    May 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Let’s not blame EBC for the fate of Eastleigh Railway Carriage Works. Blame the EU!
    Alstom (French company) shut Eastleigh, AND a year earlier it shut another of “our” railway carriage works it had bought cheaply up in the Midlands. But how come a foreign company was in possession of a crucial British industry in the first place?
    EU Directive 91/440 split up and privatized our nationalized railway system (BR). Once privatized, the fate of the UK Carriage works was sealed because privatization requires profit. This changes priorities when ordering replacement rolling stock (new vs refurbished).
    In the face of impending new EU legislation and safety standards for rolling stock, it was considered impracticable to try to design and build new rolling stock to meet the deadlines. So we ordered existing foreign rolling stock. This required less maintenance which hit our own carriage works.
    Christopher Booker reported that the EU had passed a diktat requiring a steward for every slam door carriage. This spelled the end of our slam door carriages and every industry hinging on them (especially Eastleigh which did such a lot of maintenance work on slam door carriages).
    As a result of this run-down forced by EU legislation, their market value of our newly privatized carriage works plummeted. Thus they were cheap to buy and even cheaper to shut down (the ultimate objective)!
    To finish us off, EU directive 90/531 (one of the “procurement directives) forced our rolling stock CONSTRUCTION contracts to be advertized to all our EU competitors. Under EU law (which gets bent as they see fit) the cheapest EU bidder MUST win. Foreign companies put in government subsidized bids even though they were (are) illegal under EU law. Thus even though we were technically able to make our own rolling stock, foreign companies largely took over the supply.
    This is perhaps slightly simplified, but in essence is the true picture of how the EU has ruined Eastleigh. The same can be said for the way Pirellis and Ford have been sabotaged.

  5. Andy Lombardi
    May 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I’d actually like to know which Government started selling off all of this nation’s crown jewels. Allowing foreign investors to not only own said treasure but to actively export money, as profit, out of this country.
    Yes it was great getting the Government all those billions in sales at the time but the short sightedness of it all was overlooked for avarice and a quick profit.

    So who is paying in the end? The working man.

    This is not the EU’s fault and it’s a little naive to think that the electorate is naive enough to believe it. Sadly it’s down to British Governments for selling the treasures off.

    • Peter Stewart
      May 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Sorry Andy, but you presuppose the EU is a benign entity, which is most certainly is NOT! It never was! It’s aim has always been the continuation of where Hitler’s 3rd Reich left off (the full control of Europe). It is so corrupt that its own Court of Auditors has REFUSED to approve the EU accounts for the past 16 years because (so say the Auditors) only 10% of the book keeping entries are properly traceable. In other words 90% of the book keeping entries are UNTRACEABLE! If this were a company, the directors would now be in prison for fraud. The EU has a HUGE slush fund which it uses to BRIBE our own politicians. This is the reality of how it happens. It was the Conservatives in 1972/73 who first let it happen. They pushed through the European Communities Act. This was the first time in our history that governance had ever been given away voluntarily (in peace time). Of course the reason was the Heath and others were blackmailed and bribed. You are DEAD RIGHT in saying it is the working man who pays, just as in the latest banking fiasco. But again, we cannot blame the banks. They are simply doing what they are allowed to do. Why did the government allow it to happen? It has reached DISASTROUS proportions in Southern Ireland. There the working man is literally paying with his own country (S. Ireland now belongs to the EU) and the poor Irish worker is literally being driven out of his own country to seek work over here. The light at the end of the tunnel is that the Euro is now collapsing and with luck, when it finally goes (within 2 years tops) it will bring the EU down with it and we can get back to restoring British manufacturing. We can be a great nation once more. We just have to work together.

      • Andy Lombardi
        May 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        Au contraire Peter! I am under no such illusion that the EU is a benign entity. But there is a malevolence, still breathing, which did more damage to British Industry, and it’s employees, than even the third reich did or Europe has done!
        political party that was.

        You’re correct that we need to work together, after all we’re all in this together. The working man has a pay freeze or cut, is slowly losing his Health Service, Police and other services and employment. While those in it with us, the rich, the establishment etc….can afford health care and security measures for their property.

        • Peter Stewart
          May 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

          Is this a “malevolence” you are willing to expand upon here Andy, for the benefit of all the readers who are afraid to comment and do not understand what is being done to our country? It would be educational for them. My own view is that this malevolence you talk about is plainly evident in all three main political parties, especially as you work your way to the top. There, the interests of the country are sacrificed for something else. Orwell referred to our “Europeanized intelligentsia” but he does not refer to blackmail or bribery which is undoubtedly used by the EU. The case of Edward Heath and many senior “Conservatives” is an excellent example, although the problem goes across political boundaries. If we accept Christopher Story’s assertion (supported by others such as Chapman Pincher etc.) that the Soviet Union infiltrated our universities and other educational establishments, and set about sexually compromising promising students, then blackmailed them, and eventually had them working as agents, a lot of what we see today makes sense (as much as this sort of self destruction makes sense). What do you think? What do you think we need to do to reverse the decline?

  6. Andy Lombardi
    May 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Is this a “malevolence” you are willing to expand upon here Andy, for the benefit of all the readers who are afraid to comment and do not understand what is being done to our country?


    I think you know who I meant and I appreciate you trying to draw me a little further but I’ll make no further comment as I don’t wish to be subject to a legal case, or placed on a council blacklist, for my opinion.

    One thing I’ll clarify though, I do not see the EU as this malevolence despite the poor way it is run and administered. Our country, despite all it’s current, is still one of the best countries in the world and, given support from all our politicians, has the will and way to make an outstanding contribution to both the EU and the world in general.

    As you so rightly say, we can do this but we’ll need to be in it together!

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