Category: Unemployment

Eastleigh ‘loafers’ faced with workfare

Eastleigh’s long term unemployed could be forced to undertake menial work for £2.16 an hour under plans revealed by the government today. Work and pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith, Chris Huhne’s cabinet colleague, has warned long term dole claimants they could lose their £65 a week benefit for up 3 months if they refused to…

Government to axe ‘warmfront’ grants

The government are to continue the previous administration’s policy of gradually withdrawing ‘warmfront’ grants which entitles the elderly and needy to free insulation for their homes it has emerged. Chris Huhne the Energy minister, has announced that grants are to be phased out and replaced by loans under the new ‘green deal.’ In future loans…

County prepares to axe jobs

County Council Chiefs are preparing to swing the axe in anticipation of government public sector spending cuts to be announced in October and are already planning which services are going to get the chop. This year Hampshire has already seen in year funding cuts of £8.4million revenue and £9.6million capital, mainly effecting Children Services and…

Huhne Seeks £56k p.a Speechwriter – apply here!

There is some good news for Eastleigh job seekers. The Towns MP – Chris Huhne- is seeking a speechwriter to work on his speeches as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Despite aggressive cost cutting by the new coalition the post will pay up to £56,000 p.a. Although the vacancy is open to…

County cop jobs under Threat

Hampshire Constabulary has announced plans to streamline some of its services with that of neighbouring forces, which could result in the loss of jobs it was warned. The county police force is one of 5 county forces along with Kent, Thames Valley, Surrey and Sussex which form the South East police region. This region corresponds…

300 Jobs to be sacrificed for more Flats

Plans to build a business park on derelict land in Eastleigh town centre – providing up to 320 much needed local jobs – could be scrapped in favour of building more retirement flats. Retirement homes specialist McCarthy and Stone are already advertising the ‘assisted living’ apartments they intend to build on the ‘Centris’ site although…

Eastleigh Insurance giant to create a 100 new Jobs

Fortis Insurance has opened a second office in Tollgate, Chandlers Ford to handle the firm’s increasing growth and expanding workforce. Fortis, which already has more than 1,000 employees in Tollgate, has acquired office space in Turnpike House, opposite its current offices. The new office follows the announcement that the firm is to hire a further…

Transit boss predicts Van Boom

Steve Clary, Ford’s Commercial Vehicle boss has predicted a bright future for the best selling Transit Van without offering any reassurances as to the long term future of the Ford Swaythling plant – which is an employer to many Eastleigh workers. Writing in the latest edition of the company’s in house magazine ‘Ford News,’ Mr…

Top Tory in Town visit

Top Tory front bencher Theresa May, the Shadow Secretary of State for work and pensions was in Eastleigh today. The former Conservative party chairwoman and shadow minister for women – who had been instrumental in the drive to recruit more female candidates – was in Town at the invitation of Conservative PPC Maria Hutchings. Having…

Claimant numbers down – but jobless still up

Employment figures released today show the employment situation in Eastleigh is following the national trend. While the number of people claiming the dole in Eastleigh dropped by 127, the number of local people classed as ‘economically inactive’ jumped by 500. 1 in 6 people of working age in Eastleigh are not in work. As one…

Eastleigh Jobless Total Hits 14 Year High

Figures issued by the Office for National Statistics show the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Eastleigh jumped 5.7% in the last quarter to reach it’s highest level since 1996. Meanwhile during the same period the number of  vacancies available at Eastleigh’s Jobcentre  fell 58%. In January there were a total of  just…

Council’s open space puzzler

“Local residents are being consulted by the Council as part of a plan to help shape our plans for meeting the future needs and requirements for open space throughout the borough. The Council has produced a questionnaire that is available at www.eastleigh.gov.uk/openspaces which aims to obtain your thoughts and opinions on the quality, quantity and accessibility of open…