Tag: Unemployment

Eastleigh jobless in 14% rise

Eastleigh jobcentre

The Latest government figures show unemployment continues to rise  in Eastleigh having jumped by 14% in the last quarter. The number of people claiming job seekers allowance has  risen for the consecutive fourth month and now stands at 1600 people – three times the number of jobseekers there were in 2001. The unemployment is concentrated in the…

Eastleigh dole queue doubles

Eastleigh’s dole queue doubled in size last month according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. New data shows that employment in the UK now stands at a record 2.5 million while in Eastleigh there are now 1359 people claiming JSA, twice the number there were at the height of the boom…

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…

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…

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…

Rail Hope or Rail Hype?

Claims that Eastleigh’s former railway works are about to ‘rise from the ashes’ with 400 new jobs leading to a railway renaissance may have been overstated it has emerged. On the 14th January the Daily Echo reported on its website that Knights Rails Services who currently operate on the former British Rail and Alstom site…

Eastleigh’s ‘empty shop’ economy

Despite the recession having officially ended just over 48 hours ago, shock figures just released by Eastleigh Borough Council show a 26% increase in empty town centre business premises year on year. There are now a total of 32 empty business premises within the town centre boundary, 19 empty/unoccupied shop units and 13 office premises…

Hampshire Workers fight to keep tea British

Twining workers packed Andover Guildhall last night to kick off their campaign to save their jobs and ‘keep the tea in Britain.’ The Twining plant is one of the few remaining large scale manufacturing plants in Hampshire while their product, Twining Tea, is a quintessentially British beverage enjoyed all round the world. However Twining bosses…

It’s a Jobs bonanza!

After a year as Eastleigh’s biggest eyesore, Woolworth will be reopening as a branch of Poundland it has been announced. It will start trading in February and is currently advertising vacancies in the Job Centre. This is the second piece of good news this week for the towns 2000 job seekers. Yesterday the Daily Echo…

1970's Revival Grips Eastleigh Residents!!

Data just released by the Office for National Satistics show Eastleigh residents are in the grip of a 1970’s revival as up to 2000 people struggle to live on £64.30 a week. That is all the former Railway Towns jobseekers, the number of which has almost doubled in the last year, have to look forward…