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Rise in Universal Credit claimants in South Kesteven continues to slow

The rise in people needing Universal Credit in South Kesteven continued to slow as lockdown restrictions eased.

There were 10,998 claimants in the period from April 8 to May 13, up by 103 from the previous month, or 1.1 per cent.

The rate is down from a 121 increase from March to April, and compares favourably with the 2.4 per cent rise of 196 from January to February when England entered its third national lockdown.

Jobcentre Plus, in St John's Street, Stamford is open for pre-booked appointments
Jobcentre Plus, in St John's Street, Stamford is open for pre-booked appointments

And in Rutland the number of claimants actually fell in the latest figures published this week, down by 12 to 1,995.

Concerns for the economy and jobs were sparked again following this week's decision to put back the lifting of all lockdown restrictions for a further four weeks.

And there remains uncertainty over the job market if the Goverment's furlough scheme ends as planned later this year.

However, Stuart Rogers, employer advisor for North and East Midlands, said preparations had been made.

"When the pandemic happened last year we were extremely busy and we have taken on more work coaches to support our customers," he said.

"We do have plans in place and have people trained all over the county so we are prepared and working hard to get more people into job centres."

Job centres are now open for pre-booked appointments, and are also inviting employers to use their premises for interviews by emailing stuart.roberts@dwp.gov.uk

Stamford Jobcentre, in St John's Street, will also host a mini jobs fair on Saturday, July 10, and employers have been invited to attend.

The next Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership virtual jobfair takes place on Wednesday, June 30 at www.greaterlincsjobsfair.co.uk

Or visit Iliffe Media's jobs page at www.imjobs.co.uk where there are currently 36 vacancies for Bourne and 47 for Stamford.

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