UNEMPLOYMENT in Solihull has shot up by a whopping 75 per cent according to figures supplied by a Government agency.
Statistics for December last year from the Department for Work and Pensions show a massive increase in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance with an estimated 1,202 signing up for it compared to 687 claimants for December 2007.
In November 2008, unemployment had increased by 47.3 per cent for the region compared to figures for November 2007.
The sharp increase has been met with alarm by MP Lorely Burt.
Mrs Burt said: “All the indicators are pointing to more pain to come for families in Solihull struggling to cope with fixed bills and reduced income.”
“There has been a marked increase in the number of people coming to see me who are having difficulty meeting their council tax payments and others simply cannot make ends meet because of government mistakes with work and family tax credits. ”
“If the banks do not free up money quickly, then government must step in and make them do it.
Solihull Council, banks and government departments must take steps to ease people through the financial hardship so that they still have the capacity to recover.”
Leader of Solihull Council, Councillor Ken Meeson, said: “We are monitoring the situation very closely and working alongside employers in the region.
“The unemployment rate in Solihull is very low anyway, so any increase is disproportionate.”
In December 2008, Solihull Council issued advice on how to survive the economic downturn which was published on their website.
To view it should go to www.solihull.gov.uk/money-counts/top10tips.htm.