MORE than 300 folks have used the council’s Methods to Work unemployment scheme because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
Earlier this week, it was introduced that the variety of folks claiming unemployment advantages has gone up by hundreds in St Helens in comparison with the beginning of the Covid-19 disaster.
Workplace for Nationwide Statistics information exhibits 7,800 folks had been claiming out-of-work advantages in St Helens as of September 10, in comparison with simply 4,325 in early March.
That’s 7.1per cent of the working-age inhabitants, up from 3.9 per cent.
The quantity getting assist in St Helens additionally went up barely in comparison with the beginning of August, when there have been 7,790 claimants.
The ONS cautioned that modifications to Common Credit score in response to the virus imply extra folks may get the advantages whereas nonetheless being employed, which may have an effect on the figures.
In a press release Councillor Kate Groucutt, St Helens Borough’s cupboard member for training, abilities and enterprise, stated the native authority was taking steps to help folks.
She stated: “All through this disaster there have been many challenges – and sadly, job losses nationally has been considered one of them.
“As a council we’re dedicated to doing all we are able to to help folks into employment.
“That is evident by the unbelievable outcomes achieved by the Methods to Work scheme which has assisted greater than 300 folks since March this yr, with greater than 90 going onto discover employment throughout this era with the workforce’s help.
“In case your employment has been affected on account of Covid-19 I’d urge you to contact Methods to Work by calling 01744 676131 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
With St Helens within the highest tier of lockdown restrictions there have been renewed fears in regards to the affect on jobs and the native economic system and questions raised over whether or not new authorities help measures are sufficient.