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Changes made to job stats


By SPP Reporter


Forres Jobcentre Plus, Forres Jobcentre, Department of Work and Pensions, DWP, Office of National Statistics, Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit
Forres Jobcentre Plus, Forres Jobcentre, Department of Work and Pensions, DWP, Office of National Statistics, Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit

THE way jobless figures are calculated in Moray and across the country are changing.

Previous bulletins from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) looked at those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

However, under the new Universal Credit system, a wider range of claimants are required to look for work, increasing the overall claimant count so the Office of National Statistics has deemed the original method no longer a reliable economic indicator.

Jan Munro, DWP employer and partnership manager based at Forres Jobcentre Plus, said: "To address this gap and to improve transparency, DWP have developed a measure of unemployed claimants – the alternative claimant count.

"DWP's new statistics count the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits by modelling what the count would have been if Universal Credit had been in place since 2013. This covers a range of benefits, for example Income Support Allowance and Housing Benefit, as well as Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit."

Ms Munro added that the DWP were running a variety of training courses, urging those interested to let work coaches know.



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