Tuesday, 14 April 2009

React-ing to the Crisis?

Recent figures show that the number of people claiming job seekers allowance (JSA) in Blaenau Gwent has risen by 70%. This article tells us that 3,338 people now claim JSA where as the previous figure was only 1,970. These statistics show that unemployment has risen sharply in areas which had not shared in the boom of the late nineties/early noughties (?).

This must be giving local AM, Trish Law a headache, and brings the successes of the Assembly's React and Proact schemes into context. A week after the 5th economic summit, figures like this show that some areas of Wales find themselves in a particularly tight spot, stuck as they are up the creek without a paddle. With a cut of £500 million expected to hit the Assembly following the budget, Rhodri Morgan and his government are going to have quite a headache in trying to decide how to prioritise that spending.

Dewi Un
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Toronto Realtor said...

I wonder what system is currently in place in the UK regarding the JSA? How much and for how long do you get the allowance? Is it calculated from your previous wages? Just curious.


Anonymous said...

Even if you havn't worked a day in your life....you'll get exactly the same as the guy who has worked for 40 years and made NI contributions for all those years.....and has just been made unemployed.

Fair innit.