Tom Brake MP delighted by drop in JSA claims

Local MP Tom Brake has expressed his delight with recent figures showing a 28.5% fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in Carshalton and Wallington.

The figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on 19 February 2014 show that the numbers of people claiming JSA dropped by 588 – from 2,066 in January 2013 to 1,478 in January 2014. The number of claimants is now only 2.9% of the population and is at the lowest rate since the election in 2010. 

Tom said “This is fantastic news not only for the borough but for the whole of the country. As more people are able make this transition into work, it becomes clear that our commitment to creating apprenticeships and investing in young people is creating both a stronger economy and a fairer society.

It is, however, imperative that we don’t become complacent. There is still much more that needs to be done.

The positive fall in JSA claimants in Carshalton and Wallington is not just prevalent within the ages of 18-24 which saw a 20.3% drop, but also in the age group of 50 and over where there was a drop of 25.1%. 

Mr Brake added “it is incredible to see that our plan is benefiting everybody and not just one section of society.

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