Another rise in Islanders claiming out of work benefits

There’s been another rise in the number of Isle of Wight residents claiming out of work benefits, and a rise since the same time last year

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Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 2,495 people in the Isle of Wight area were claiming ‘out of work benefits’ during January 2020 – these figures also includes Universal Credit figures (see below).

The figures show a rise of 110 since December 2019, when there were 2,385  claimants, and a rise of 540 from January 2019 (1,955 JSA claimants).

Universal Credit now rolled-out
The latest figures now include the roll-out of Universal Credit providing a broader span of claimants than previously. The number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count was expected to rise.

Details of the latest jobs on the Isle of Wight can be found on Jobs OnTheWight.

Breakdown of claimants
Of those claiming in January 2020,

  • 1,475 were male
  • 1,020 were female
  • 10 were 16-17
  • 505 were aged 18 To 24
  • (305 were aged 18 To 21)
  • 1,275 were aged 25 To 49
  • 705 were aged 50+

That means 3.1% of the resident population of area aged 16-64 is claiming out of work benefits – 1% more than the rest of the South East (2.1%), and 0.1% more than the whole of the UK (3.0%).

New measures
The measure of those receiving ‘out of work benefit’s has been changed by the Office of National Statistics. In the past it was based purely on those claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

The change now includes Universal Credit.

They say,

The Claimant Count is the number of people claiming benefit principally for the reason of being unemployed.

This is measured by combining the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance credits with the number of people receiving Universal Credit principally for the reason of being unemployed. Claimants declare that they are out of work, capable of, available for and actively seeking work during the week in which the claim is made.

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Tuesday, 18th February, 2020 4:26pm



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The Island has very talented people and needs real investment in jobs apart from care and tourism which is important but notorious for exploitation of workers and low pay. Making things creates real money and a sound economy so let’s have more manufacturing jobs.


Why should the island be blighted by lower wages and higher unemployment than the nearby mainland?


Blame employers they set the wage structures and know they can get away with paying minimum wages and exploiting this further with the appallingly zero hour contracts. We need investment in manufacturing, bring back City & Guilds apprenticeships. We also need to break monopolised employment by scrooge employers.