Unemployed benefit figures continue to fall

PUBLISHED: 17:06 23 June 2014 | UPDATED: 17:06 23 June 2014

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THE number of people in Weston claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) has fallen by almost 20 per cent since the start of 2014, new data has revealed.

In May, 1,508 people received the financial support, down 7.7 per cent from April.

It is the third consecutive monthly drop and the lowest figure since December 2008.

North Somerset continues to see a similar drop, with 7.5 per cent fewer claimants in May than April and numbers also hitting a five-year low.

Last month, stringent new rules came into force, affecting the long-term unemployed.

It meant claimants are required to undertake tasks including 30 hours of community service a week or daily visits to the job centre or risk losing their benefit 
altogether.

The proportion of people locally claiming JSA is below the national average of 2.6 per cent.

Just 1.6 per cent of residents in North Somerset are receiving the benefit, but that rises to 2.4 per cent specifically in Weston.

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