THE NUMBER of Silhillians aged over 50 claiming Universal Credit has fallen in the past year.
According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) there has been a decline in claimant count of 10 per cent over the year in Solihull and seven per cent in the West Midlands.
The department said it’s Solihull branch worked with the National Career Service to help fill 70 festive roles at John Lewis.
Joanna Statham, Inclusion and Engagement Partnership Manager, for Birmingham and Solihull said: “Locally we are working hard with employers to fill their vacancies, such as the HS2 supply chain and John Lewis.
“In Chelmsley Wood, in partnership with Solihull council, we delivered a Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP).
“Over 90 customers attended the day to find out about opportunities across a range of sectors.
“Following this event Solihull Council are now working in collaboration with RMF to deliver bespoke training for HS2, to support with vacancies including construction, logistics, hospitality and admin.”