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    Pjthompson wrote:
    Out of the ark Aylesburyox.. Whatever happened to Equality & Diversity ... .? There are just as many UK citizens working in countries like Poland and Russia ...! As for ESA and DLA claimants why shouldn't there be an opportunity for them to look for paid work and jobs that they "can do" rather than concentrate on what they are unable to do.... That's why there are things like the Permitted Work rules to try and get support and help them work towards working 16 hours plus also there are the Access to Work Schemes and Reasonable Adjustments that can help and keep supporting people... DLA is not means tested .. Remember this Work Programme was set up by the previous Labour Government and a legacy handed over to the current coalition government.... People forget that all too quickly...
    Not entirely sure why this is directed at me as that was my original point?"
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Rise in number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Business Editor. Call me on 01865 425460

THE number of people out of work and claiming jobseeker’s allowance has risen for the first time since February last year.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics for December show there are 6,562 claimants in Oxfordshire, a rise of 115 on the previous month and the highest total since September.

But year on year figures show the number of people signing on fell by 1,049.

Nationally, numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 12,100 last month to 1.56 million, the lowest since June 2011.

Total UK unemployment fell by 37,000 in the latest quarter to just under 2.5 million, the lowest since spring 2011 with a record number — almost 30 million — adults in a job, up by 500,000 on the same time a year earlier.

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