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Meeson voices job loss fears

The leader of Solihull Council has voiced his fears for the borough - saying he feels more job losses are on the way.

The leader of Solihull Council has voiced his fears for the borough - saying he feels more job losses are on the way.

As the recession bites and the job market crumbles, Solihull will not escape the tough times says Councillor Ken Meeson.

“It’s been a difficult year facing an even more difficult year,” he said.

“And I do feel there will be more redundancies because of the nature of the national market.”

“We are not immune from this.”

Alarming figures show the borough is suffering from the credit crunch with six locally-based companies going into administration since July 2008.

Over 1,000 redundancies have been recorded since April 2008 and Job Seekers Allowance claimants have shot up by 52 per-cent compared to this time last year.

There has also been a 50 per-cent increase in Solihull’s housing register throughout 2008.

Coun Meeson praised the council’s officers for the way they have handled the tough times but said he felt there was more to come.

“It’s almost certainly getting worse and the longer it goes on the worse it will become.”

The West Midlands as a whole is suffering and in the last three months of 2008 the region reported the worst performance across the country in terms of falling business activity.

Add this to the fact the region saw the second largest drop in employment in the UK.

“With the airport and Land Rover we (Solihull) are the most dependant on the automotive industry in the West Midlands,” he added.

A Solihull Taskforce has been established to take forward Solihull’s action plan for responding to the downturn.

 

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