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More good news on unemployment
12/12/2012 16:33:00

 
 

There was more good news on unemployment today.

As those familiar with my previous posts on this issue will know, there are two measures of unemployment:

- the claimant count (the actual number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance), which fell 3,000 to 1.58 million in November. In Croydon Central, it fell by 32 to 3,137, a much larger percentage decrease than nationally; and

- an international definition that includes everyone looking and available for work whether or not they are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, which fell by 82,000 between August and October, the biggest quarterly fall since 2001 (this data is based on a survey, rather than an actual count, and isn't therefore available by constituency).

There was also a significant fall in youth unemployment.

Employment rose 40,000 to 29.6 million, the highest figure since records began in 1971.

And the new jobs created were full-time - the number in full-time employment rose by 44,000 while the number in part-time employment fell by 4,000.

So whilst there is no room for complacency - there are still far too many people out of work - good news nationally and even better news locally.

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On 17/12/2012 15:33:00 Jim wrote:
Croydon really is a town that deserves to fail.

Just had a letter from the "Director of Public Realm and Safety" saying that the council now wishes to introduce a licensing scheme for A-boards in George Street. Whilst many offices are empty, this chap, at our expense, is now dreaming up new ways to hit those business that remain and through red tape is guaranteeing jobs for the planning department. He joyfully proclaims "There is an Application Fee, currently £335 per application. This amount is set by the Government and is not decided by the Council." Ridiculous - so he can dream up these schemes, but then say it's not his fault compliance is so expensive.

In a "questions" section, we have: "Why has the Council introduced this?" (NB notice the tense.. seems despite the consultation somebody has already decided!) Then we have a paragraph that finishes "..is detrimental to the visual amenity, together with the Council's aspirations for Croydon to achieve City Status."

Of course the biggest advertising signs in George Street are the JCDecaux ones which display Council propaganda.

Anyway, there we have it - these deluded individuals are STILL banging on about city status and think A-boards will get in the way. Fire them all - instead of moving into their plush new offices, let them take their chances in the private sector in George Street - where to get £335 you have provide a REAL service in COMPETITION with other traders. And you won't get a cushy pension too.

If someone from the council thinks a sign is a problem why not just ask the business concerned to remove it?

 
 

 

 

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