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Moray unemployment figures for November jump

By Alan Beresford

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THERE was as rise of over 80 in number of people claiming Universal Credit (UC) across Moray in November.

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP. Picture: mimsdavies.org.uk
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP. Picture: mimsdavies.org.uk

The latest statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have revealed that some 6800 people in the region were claiming UC compared to 6712 in October.

This trend was mirrored across Scotland with UC claimants rising to 475,944 from 468,395.

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said: “It’s been a challenging year for many families but with vaccines beginning to roll out and the number of vacancies increasing there is hope on the horizon for 2021.

“Our Plan for Jobs is already helping people of all ages into work right across the UK, with increased jobcentre support, new retraining schemes, job placements and more.”

The Job Help and Employer Help portals continue to be updated and carry lots of supportive information.

These websites are to support Jobseekers find work in new sectors and generally looking for work now. The Job Help website also has articles, tips and guides to help people who are able and willing to take up roles now in sectors which are expanding rapidly to keep Britain working.

The Job Help website is continually updated with local content, so make sure to check this regularly.

Vacancies can also be found at Find a Job with advice for employers at Employer Help.

Local vacancies are available also via Twitter – @jcpinNorthScot.

There are currently 73 vacancies available on Find A Job for Moray offering roles in a variety of sectors.

For information about the changes the government has brought in to support people who are already claiming benefits, need to claim benefits, or are at risk of losing their job as a result of coronavirus, see the new Employment and benefits support site.

To find out more about any aspect of Universal Credit, including how to make a claim, visit Understanding Universal Credit.

There is also a lot of guidance online on the schemes available for thoe on furlough and the self-employed support.

Workers or businesses affecte dby Covid lockdowns can go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/job-support-scheme-expanded-to-firms-required-to-close-due-to-covid-restrictions

More information about the CJRS furlough scheme can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

The self-employed SEISS scheme is explained at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support and on the website: www.gov.uk/hmrc

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