St Helens benefits claimant count still falling

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The number of people in St Helens claiming out-of-work benefits is continuing to fall.


A total of 3,035 residents in the town were receiving unemployment assistance in August, down from the figures of 3,115 in July and 3,180 in June.

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The claimant count was made up of 1,770 men and 1,265 women.

There was further positive news among young jobseekers, with last month's total of 620 18-to-24-year-olds a slight decrease from the 650 recorded in July.

The number of over-50s needing out-of-work benefits has also come down slightly.

The figures for St Helens distinctly buck a trend which has seen claimant numbers rise since the full roll-out of Universal Credit, which combined a number of previous benefits into one.

Diane Williams, DWP spokesperson for Merseyside, said: "Things seem to be going quite smoothly. Staff at the Jobcentre Plus are now supporting other sites going over to the full Universal Credit.

"The figures for over-50s are also a real success story. A lot of focus is often on young jobseekers but it's also nice to give a shout out to older employees getting back into the workplace."

Two major events are also being organised for jobseekers next month.

Being Positive - Removing Barriers To Work will provide specialist support for people with disabilities looking for jobs at Newton Family Community Centre on October 15.

There is also a jobs fair on October 18 at St Helens Town Hall with employers and training organisations invited to attend.