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Unemployment benefit figures drop

Tuesday May 24 2016


Unemployment benefit figures have dropped Unemployment benefit figures have dropped


THE number of Barnsley people claiming unemployment benefits has fallen again according to new figures.

Overall, 3,530 people claimed job seekers’ allowance or universal credit in April this year, which was a fall of 12 per cent on the same month last year, and a drop of 52 per cent since the same month in 2010.

People aged 18 to 24 claiming the same benefit now stands at 800, which is a 15 per cent fall since last year, and a 68 per cent fall since 2010.

Nigel Coleman from the Job Centre said: “Barnsley’s figures are just phenomenal, and again Barnsley finds itself ahead of the game when compared to the other three boroughs in South Yorkshire.”

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Reply Posted by Ackerman on Tuesday May 24 2016 at 15:05
Does these numbers take into account the people with benefit sanctions?.

Reply Posted by Martin on Tuesday May 24 2016 at 15:12
Of course the numbers have dropped because if you are receiving child benefit and have a partner that works they tell you not to sign on as it is pointless you get your stamp paid for you because you get child benefit and if your partner earns more than £105 per week then as far as the government are concerned you don't need anymore money to live on.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Tuesday May 24 2016 at 16:35
3,530 is STILL far too much especially the 800 16-25 year olds when there is several thousand migrants in the town.

Reply Posted by Lola on Tuesday May 24 2016 at 18:29
I am currently not into believing figures like these, this post is way too political, and I think you know what i am saying.

Reply Posted by Reality on Wednesday May 25 2016 at 08:52
Think its about time benefits got scrapped.its just an excuse not to work.people take it for granted and constantley milk it dry.it boils my blood to see that every day when i call to the shop before work theres alus druggys and alcos and doleites that all could be working.but no our ever so generous benefit system keeps paying for there drink drugs and luxurys.its full of them every time i go in the shop.town center is same.young mums walking around with other young mums sponging benefits.people claiming d.l.a an driving around in brand new cars paid for by the disability.using them to taxi about and deliver pizzas and deal drugs on the side.discusting.its about time they scrapped it all.me and my partner both work full time and have 3 kids.its easy you just have to comprimise.trouble is with people these days its just too easy for them to say argh sod it why work when we can get it for nowt.all got the same attitude.full of excuses not to work.or that theres no jobs.my partners turned down 3 job offers in 1 month.shes still in the job she started 7 years ago in the recession.

Reply Posted by Niki on Wednesday May 25 2016 at 09:31
@reality. Not everyone is the same. There are people out there who are forced to claim benefits through being made redundant or the fact people are applying for jobs and just having no luck. Tarring everyone with the same brush is unfair. Yes there are people out there who milk it but not everyone is the same. Not all young mums scrounge and sponge off benefits!!! I'm a young mum of 3 and I work full time it can be done. God help you if you ever have to claim benefits you'll be tarring yourself with the same brush as what you tar everyone else with!

Reply Posted by @niki on Wednesday May 25 2016 at 10:00
@niki biggest unemployment issue in barnsley is people milking the benefit system dry.you only have to go round council estates you see it all.theres people left school an gone straight onto dole an not worked a day in 20 year.you tell me how any person can job seek for 20 year.your not talking about unlucky to hear back from jobs.there are a very very small number of people in barnsley that do rely on benefits.like genuine health reasons and redundancys.but id say 99% are bleeding it dry.why work when they can have it for free.like someone above said mypartner works but im better off not working cos i wouldnt get as much.its not all about the money.id shoot myself if i spent every day in house watching day time tv.how can people enjoy that life.what a good example we set to the future generation eh.get it all for free just like mum n dad.people want jobs to come look for them.or people are too fussy on what job they will work in.people think they deserve better and set their job standards too high.if you want a job you can get a job.people want it on the door step too.too scared to catch a bus or get on train.to sheffield leeds or wakefield.like i say too many excuses.and the single mums quote yeah the town center is full of them no offence to you so dont try defend them but the same women will be in the town day by day nothing else to but spend money given to them.could do part time jobs while kids are at school.

Reply Posted by Agreed on Wednesday May 25 2016 at 14:37
@niki - I agree. There are some genuine but plenty not they are second generation spongers. Can't blame pit closures any more so now blame town centre addicts and alkies and immigrants, spend half the day stuffing there faces with Greg's pies while gawping at them in peel square saying how they can't bare to look at the down n outs anymore. Well I can't bare to look at that lot any more when am passing through town after finishing an early shift. Get a job.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Wednesday May 25 2016 at 17:54
You have Labour to thank for a lot of that!

At one time of the day anyone would have to literally jump through hoops to get ANY sort of benefit, under the last Labour government they were sending "advisors" out to peoples homes to tell them exactly what they could claim for!

One thing that wants scrapping is the paying out of "disability benefits" to alchos and addicts, they are NOT disabled and will simply spend the money on booze and drugs.

No one should be unemployed in this day and age if they are fit to work, therein lies another problem of the unscrupulous employers and "employment" agencies only sending foreign rats to client workplaces.

It is estimated that there are around 2,500+ migrants working in and around the town, if they weren't here then those jobs would be available to local people that are desperate for any kind of work.
However, £7.20 an hour isn't a great deal is it and if wages were a more respectable £10 an hour then people would be more receptive to ditching a life on the dole for a life in work.

The "living wage" is a good idea (even though I despise the Tories) and will rise to £9 an hour by 2020, BUT don't be fooled by the "good old Tories" giving Britain a "payrise" it is merely another cynical ploy to scrap theTax Credits and other in work benefits that they hate.