Fall in number of people claiming unemployment benefits in North East Lincolnshire

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 May 2017

FEWER people claimed unemployment benefits in North East Lincolnshire in April compared with the previous month, new figures reveal.

According to Jobcentre Plus, a total of 2,059 people in the Grimsby area claimed Jobseeker's Allowance, whilst those claiming Universal Credit in April was 1,371 - which is a 1.2 per cent reduction. The combined total is 3,430. As previously reported, a total of 3,580 people claimed Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit in March, a drop of 150.

National figures out today reveal that unemployment fell by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the three months to March.The claimant count increased by 19,400 last month to 792,800, said the Office for National Statistics.Average earnings increased by 2.4 per cent in the year to March, up by 0.1 per cent on the previous month.

The introduction of the new benefit system means that the figures may not necessarily give a wholly accurate picture of unemployment. So although the number of people claiming appears to have dropped for job seeker's allowance, they may be receiving Universal credit instead.

Once a person's job comes to an end, the process for claiming Universal credit will automatically kick back in.

Universal Credit is a monthly payment that replaces some other benefits so some people may be able to claim Universal Credit if they are on a low income or out of work. The value depends on your circumstances, including your income and how many children you have.

There's no limit to the number of hours you can work a week if you get Universal Credit and payment will reduce gradually as a person earns more. You won't lose all your benefits at once if you're on a low income.

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