FIGURES REVEAL 90% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ISLANDERS OUT OF WORK

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New figures reveal that over 5,200 people were out of work and claiming benefits during the month of January.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits on the Isle of Wight has increased by almost 90% year-on-year, climbing from 2,765 in January 2020 to 5,245 in January 2021.

It’s known that of those claiming out of work benefits in January, including Universal Credit, the majority were aged 25-49 (2,730) followed by those aged 50+ (1,435). Young people have also been hit by the coronavirus pandemic with 1,070 Islanders aged 18-24 unemployed.

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Between the Isle of Wight entering Tier 4 in December and the end of January, when the third national lockdown hit, a further 45 people lost their jobs and took to benefits.

The Isle of Wight’s is now sitting above the national average by 0.4% for those aged 16-64 and claiming unemployment benefits.

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John
John
5 days ago

And if you have more than 16k you cannot claim anything!
So that means you have to spend all your savings etc so you are then skint.
THEN YOU CAN CLAIM!
What a lovely country we live in.

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
Reply to  John
5 days ago

Once under £16000 you can claim, but very little

John
John
Reply to  Janesville Read
4 days ago

Work all our lives and pay into the system and get F ALL.
It is not worth voting.
Still have to pay Council Tax
THE SYSTEM IS CORRUPT

Isle of wighter
Isle of wighter
Reply to  John
5 days ago

its actually more than £6k – that figure of £16k was reduced a couple of years ago.

John
John
Reply to  Isle of wighter
4 days ago

Work all our lives and pay into the system and get F ALL.
It is not worth voting.
Still have to pay Council Tax

Isle of wighter
Isle of wighter
Reply to  John
4 days ago

and with the move to a cashless society well underway, they can simply check your account to see what you have and be assured that you do not have any cash hidden away – if you do, no benefits.

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
Reply to  Isle of wighter
4 days ago

As long as you’ve paid Class 1 NI in the last 2-3 years your savings don’t get taken into account for jobseekers allowance, only universal credit.

John
John
Reply to  Gullible Islander
4 days ago

Job Seekers only pay 6 months, then it is Hard Cheese

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
Reply to  John
4 days ago

Long enough to find more work and help out, but hey if you don’t need it then your laughing.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  John
5 days ago

Yes, penalize people who are careful with their money where as if one had just spent every penny at every chance you’ll be rewarded with benefits. Which in all lightly hood you’re entitled to because of working most of your life and being out of work throw no fault of your own. Best think to do is buy a load of bit coin (or classic car), claim benefits, when you get a new job, sell to get money back.

John
John
Reply to  Tom
4 days ago

They even have that covered.
If you spend all your remaining money in one lump
And they find out, then you are not entitled to anything.
I will never vote for any Party again.
They are all useless

Isle of wighter
Isle of wighter
Reply to  John
5 days ago

the whole point of the benefit system is to provide a safety net for those who are unfortunate enough to be in a position to not be able to house, feed and clothe themselves – not to ensure that those who have got some cash, get to keep it and claim.

Isle of wighter
Isle of wighter
Reply to  Isle of wighter
4 days ago

i cannot believe two people have voted this down – since when did it become ok to sponge off the state as a lifestyle – leeches.

Bob
Bob
Reply to  John
5 days ago

The welfare state is to help people in need.If you have £16000 in the bank then you are not really the target audience.

John
John
Reply to  Bob
4 days ago

No, but when you run out then you would be having to claim off the state

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Bob
4 days ago

£6.000 limit allowed now

IOWter
IOWter
Reply to  John
4 days ago

You are right John it was £16,000 but it has been lowered to £6000 in savings but that is beyond the point I agree you shouldn’t be penalised for savings, having savings does not mean you have been able to save that up in a click of a finger it could of been a matter of years to save it up.
Also bouncing back in the summer is only a short term solution once winter hits there will be nothing.
If you need to claim unemployment benefits by no fault of your own it should be for everyone not just people that choose to do so.

Tom
Tom
5 days ago

Should all bounce back in the summer. Government will be throwing money at a green recovery. So as long as the NIMBY crowd don’t stop any growth on the island we should be good.

John
John
Reply to  Tom
4 days ago

Far too many jobs lost on the Island in the last 11 months.
Where are the new ones coming from?

Chris
Chris
Reply to  John
4 days ago

All the wonderful house and road building that will take place

Truth Outs
Truth Outs
Reply to  John
4 days ago

Digging up greenfield sites and building houses…

John
John
Reply to  Truth Outs
4 days ago

Only short term jobs for builders etc, when they are up then no jobs.
Also the home owners will be wanting jobs.
The Island needs Companies who trade on the Island to create jobs.

Stephen
Stephen
4 days ago

and the council tax keeps rising

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