Fall in Jobseeker's Allowance claims across Havering
PUBLISHED: 12:58 03 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:58 03 December 2015
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Havering has fallen by more than 300 in a year.
Latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show 340 fewer people claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance last month than a year ago.
In November 2015, 2440 people in Havering claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance, approximately 1.6 per cent of the population aged between 16-64 years old.
Cllr Robert Benham, cabinet member for environment, said: “We are seeing more local people in work and this is welcome news.
“DWP figures show that Havering’s unemployment level has, in fact, dropped over recent years from 3.3pc in 2010 to 1.6pc in 2015 for those aged 16-64.
“The employment level for Havering has gone up from 71.2pc in the July 2010 to June 2011 period to 76.72pc for July 2014 to June 2015 – which means that our employment rate is well above both the London and UK average.”
The council has been promoting programmes to support residents into work - including a pilot scheme with Tesco, Havering College, Job Centre Plus and the London borough of Barking & Dagenham.
The programme sees unemployed residents undertake training in order to apply for their HGV licence.
So far, 14 residents have completed the training and nine now work for Tesco at the distribution centre in Rainham.
Cllr Benham said: “Supporting local people into employment remains one of our top priorities.
“We continue to help local workers into better paid jobs by working in partnership with businesses across a range of sectors – from construction to health and social care – and in securing local work placements for young people.”