Number of Universal Credit claimants falls in Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Number of Universal Credit claimants falls in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 15th Feb, 2023   0

THE NUMBER of Silhillians claiming Universal Credit has fallen by almost 20 per cent in the past year.

Figures released by Team at National Statistics show there are 4,045 claimant across the borough and that figure has dropped by 885 people – 17 per cent.

This comes as Solihull and Chelmsley Wood Job Centres say it has been using it Jago House site to host community events to support those impacted by the cost of living crisis.

Frank Harris, the partnership manager for Birmingham and Solihull, said: “For work coaches it’s really inspiring to see how the help they give to individual jobseekers makes a positive difference to their life.

“Across our jobcentres, work coaches provide every jobseeker with tailored support, helping to build confidence and develop new skills, so breaking down the barriers for those re-entering the workforce.

“The focus being for people over 50 or those who have been out of work due to ill health.”

He said the Job Centre is also supporting those affected by the end of Randstad contracts at Jaguar Land Rover’s site in Solihull and with Birmingham Airport based Fly-Be staff.

Minister for Employment, Guy Opperman MP said: “It’s encouraging to see that more people are moving into work, as we know that being in employment is the best way to deliver financial security, skills and confidence.

“We’ve also made huge progress for everyone looking to boost their earnings or land a new role, with the employment rate increasing and more people joining payrolls.

“Growing the economy is one of our top five priorities which will deliver more high quality jobs, boosting everyone’s prospects and prosperity.”

The next Solihull jobs fair will be on March 1 between 10am and 1pm, and recruiters will include Bar Cats agency who recruit across the hospitality sector, Solihull Council for various roles and to promote their youth and programs, and specialist support for younger customers from Prince’s Trust.


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