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SALFORD ECONOMIC GLOOM AS UNEMPLOYMENT ROCKETS
 

Star date: 28th March 2012

UNEMPLOYMENT UP! HOMELESS UP! WAGES DOWN!

`Just seven Job Centre Plus vacancies in Kersal in January'

Despite the opening of MediaCityUK and its surrounding Quays businesses, life for the average Salford person is getting worse, and the city's middle class is getting squeezed too. New Government figures show huge annual increases in long term unemployment, youth unemployment, female unemployment – and massive rises even in suburbs like Claremont, Swinton and Boothstown.

The gloom is accompanied by a drop in wages for those still in work, council house waiting lists growing and an increase in homelessness.

Full story in Part One – click here…


PART 1: UNEMPLOYMENT ROCKETS

Salford's annual unemployment figures make for gloomy reading. Between January 2011 and January 2012 unemployment, defined by Job Seekers Allowance claimants, rose by 41.4% in Cadishead, 30.9% in Claremont, 28.6% in Swinton North and 21.8% in Walkden North…

The highest actual rates of unemployment are still in disadvantaged areas like Broughton (9.7%), Little Hulton (9.5%) and Langworthy (8.2%) but it's now apparent that even the city's middle class suburbs like Claremont and Worsley, and traditional places of employment like Irlam and Cadishead, are amongst those getting hammered by recession and cuts.

Annual female unemployment in Cadishead is up by 102%, in Claremont it's up by 78.7% and in Swinton North it's up by 50.6%. Long term unemployment (over six months) rose by 83.3% in Worsley and Boothstown, 81.8% in Cadishead, 69.2% in Irlam and 60% in Swinton North.

There's also been a huge rise in what is classed as `youth unemployment'those between 16 and 24 – with a whopping 58.3% annual rise in Cadishead, a 50% rise in Weaste and Seedley, a 43.8% rise in Kersal and a 43.3% rise in Walkden North.

Meanwhile, in January this year there were just seven Job Centre Plus vacancies in Kersal, six in Langworthy, seven in Winton and nine in Broughton, although Blackfriars, for some reason, had 722

The lack of vancancies was recognised by Kersal councillor Ann-Marie Humphreys at the East Salford Community Committee meeting last week… "There's a woefully low number of jobs at the Job Centre" she said, adding that she was "dismayed to see how poorly supplied the Job Centre is…and it's nothing new."

People might well be asking about the benefits of huge public expenditure in MediaCityUK and other `prestige' publicly funded projects around the city.

Meanwhile, latest figures show that over the last twelve months (Oct 2011-12) an added 570 households were in receipt of council tax benefits in Salford, while for those still in work, gross annual income fell from £23,025 in 2010, to £22,625 in 2011, despite cost of living increases all over the place.

Running parallel to these figures are increases in homelessness in the city and cuts to the support services…

Part Two: Homeless in Salford - click here

caroline wrote
at 07:54:54 on 01 April 2012
OB.agree..You still need investment to give jobs. So much is imported...cheap..Farming ..abot 6% in england..without food u die..So if the imports stop..? I can buy a sack of carrots for 1 pound 50 p Yet supermarkets 1£ for 4 carrots.The imports rule ok. as uk farmers are selling of farm bulding for devolplemen.You need to see the whole pictureSuper markets rule.
 
OB wrote
at 21:41:35 on 28 March 2012
Just to clarify - the 'near riot' I refer to in my last post took place when Salford Quays was being (mis)sold to us the first time around - when the old docks were being turned into a yuppie paradise and the council were, again, giving away millions of quidsworth of free land to developers. It became apparent that there were no workers from Ordsall across the road being employed on site, even though there was huge unemployment and lots of skilled tradesmen sat on their arse out of work. Eventually it kicked off and a few people got jobs for a little while. Some of you will recall, not long after the Quays were complete, that the resident yuppies from down south seriously wanted to build a big wall to keep us scum out. Remember that?
 
wrote
at 21:40:59 on 28 March 2012
If there are only 7 vacancies in Kersal but 722 vacancies in Blackfriars then why can't people in Kersal just hop on the 93 for a 5 minute bus journey to work? Most other people have to travel and if they wanted a job that desperately then they would.
 
James Royle wrote
at 21:38:47 on 28 March 2012
Still think 'We're all in this together' , People ? Time to wake up and wise up . No more heeding the lies and bullshit of Cameron and his thatcherite gang of torybastards . No more heeding the lies and bullshit of Nu-liebor or the bootlicker Lib-Dems either . The CON/LAB/LIB parties are proven corrupt , venal , self-serving scum . This country needs a complete change of direction , change which benefits the Working People , not the corrupt elite . Who's up for real change ?
 
OB wrote
at 18:35:24 on 28 March 2012
It seems to me that even were there jobs in the job centre, it would make no difference because the people staffing the place are generally of the opinion that those using the 'service' are lazy, doleite, scum. Or, at least, that is the impression I have had when it has been my misfortune to come into contact with that department. I am sure we all recall last years whistle blower, who revealed that staff of the DWP were given orders from on high to suspend at least three claims a day and to do this by targeting the most vulnerable. So, dyslexic people, those with learning difficulties, or those for whom English was not a first language, were the first to be attacked. If a form was completed incorrectly - as you might expect from any in the above mentioned group - rather than receiving support to fill it in correctly, they had their claim suspended instead. All this is due to successive governments, on both sides of the house, running the service into the ground so it could be replaced by thieving toerags like A4E; who I and many others can attest run a service which is designed purely to rape the public purse, not to help people into employment. So, lots to go on there. We never thought for a moment we would see any actual employment from MediCity or Peel or anything else our cash has been thrown at. When did any of us see any benefits from Salford Quays? As I recall it took a near riot in Ordsall just to get a few brickies on site because they were bussing them in from the South. Anybody remember that? But, even if there were jobs to be had, the job centre would be the last place to go looking for help. The best bet for finding a job in Salford would be by doing what they do in the Michigan, which I have seen with my own eyes - make a cardboard sign which says: Will Work for Food; and then stand by the roadside and wait. This is Camerans Britain. Welcome to the Big Society!!!
 
Jim devine wrote
at 18:32:46 on 28 March 2012
All this while our 'dignitaries' continue you stuff their pockets and dish out jobs and honours to themselves in this fine and pleasant land.
 
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