Tag: Jobcentre

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…

Walkout Washout

Despite thousands of civil servants obeying the twoday strike call by the PCS union, it was ‘business as usual’ at Eastleigh’s Jobcentre plus on Southampton Road. The only sign of industrial action were notices that had been posted apologising to claimants for any delay due to ‘exceptional circumstances’. One member of staff claimed that only…

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…