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New figures show small rise in Moray unemployment

By Alan Beresford

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THE number of people claiming Universal Credit (UC) in Moray rose slightly over the month of September, newly published figures have revealed.

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

Last month some 6814 people were receiving the benefit in the region, up from 6745 the previous month.

Nationally, a rise of almost 7000 was recorded over the same period, jumping from 470,281 to 477,164.

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said: “We know the virus has impacted our jobs market in recent months and that’

"It's why our £30 billion Plan for Jobs will continue to help protect, support and create jobs. It’s encouraging to see employers are bringing people back from furlough, and the number of vacancies is increasing. We’re supporting people into work, doubling the number of our Work Coaches across Jobcentres and helping those made jobless by the pandemic through our newly launched Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS).

"From next month young people across the country will be starting roles on the £2 billion Kickstart scheme helping them get crucial experience and build vital skills.”

Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince added that UC was continuing to deliver in trying circumstances.

“Universal Credit is a vital safety net – it has stood up to the toughest of tests and supported millions through the pandemic in their time of need.

"Our Plan for Jobs will support getting Britain back into work safely, and a key part of this is the doubling of the number of work coaches across the country. This will ensure that everyone who seeks our support will get the individual help they need to get back into work.”

In addition to other sources, local vacancies in Moray can be found via Twitter @jcpinNorthScot . At the time of writing there are 95 vacancies available on Find A Job for Moray offering roles in a variety of sectors

Also in Moray, the DWP is working closely with the local Kickstart gateway who will be helping employers get a Kickstart Scheme grant. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on UC who are at risk of long term unemployment.

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.

Also, vacancies can be found on the Find a job portal.

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 .

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

With further Covid-based restrictions in place across the country, advice is available for individuals and businesses affected.

For the Jobs support Scheme, visit www.gov.uk/government/news/job-support-scheme-expanded-to-firms-required-to-close-due-to-covid-restrictions

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

Go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support or www.gov.uk/hmrc to find out more about the self-employed support scheme SEISS.

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