Universal credit claims in Monklands down from a year ago
Fewer people are claiming universal credit in Monklands than at the same time last year.
The Airdrie & Shotts region recorded a total of 3,258 complaints in July, a reduction of 759 from the figures for July 2020.
Neighbors Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill recorded 3,342 claims two months ago, down 982 from statistics from 12 months ago.
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There were 34,096 claims made in North Lanarkshire as a whole as of July 8, with a ‘workload change’ of 311.
Across Scotland, the number of unemployed is 67,000, down 12,000 in the quarter and 3,000 in the year.
A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) told Lanarkshire Live: ‘Universal Credit has risen to the challenge of the pandemic, successfully accepting three million new applicants while moving to an online and telephone system to ensure the safety of people.
‘It has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and we have announced the temporary increase as part of a £ 400 billion package in place that will last as we continue. on the road to recovery.
“We are committed to making it as easy as possible to claim universal credit, and will continue to work with Citizens Advice and our Help to Claim service to provide quick advice to those who need it.”
The spokesperson added: ‘In North Lanarkshire we are working with employers and currently have or in preparation a large number of vacancies for call center agents, warehouse and logistics agents and the industry. care.
“The Kickstart program creates vital jobs to help young people get on the right track and we provide local support to employers of all sizes, in rural and urban areas, to help them apply and recruit – and over 40,000 young people have already started Kickstart work.
“We are also working with UKHospitality to better promote jobs in the sector through our network of Jobcentres.
“We are now focusing on our multibillion pound jobs plan, which will support people in the long run by helping them learn new skills and increase their hours or find new work.
“The £ 2 billion Kickstart program will provide high quality six-month internships. Funding available for each six-month internship will cover 100% of the national minimum wage for 25 hours per week – and employers will be able to exceed that… pay up.
“The program will focus on supporting young people who benefit from universal credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.
“An expanded youth offer to support 18-24 year olds, which will include a 13 week program, and once completed participants will be encouraged to take work-related training or apprenticeship and additional support will be provided by the through youth employment coaches and community-based youth hubs.