Yesterday I revisited the Job Centre Plus in Hinckley to follow up again with the team and hear how things are at the moment, given the national concerns around the cost of living.
I was pleased to hear that the experiences at the Job Centre reflect the rates of people claiming unemployment related benefits in our area, which most recently stands at 2.3% whereas the national average is 3.7%. They told me how pleased they are with the amount of young people in our area who are employed, but as always there’s work to be done.
It was good to hear that the £1.5 billion Household Support Fund continues to help those most vulnerable and is making a difference in their view.
Here’s a link to a page on my website with information on what support is currently available: https://www.drlukeevans.org.uk/.../support-available-cost...
And this link details what work I’ve been doing down in Westminster on the cost of living: https://www.drlukeevans.org.uk/campaigns/my-work-cost-living
If you need help or know anyone who does, please contact either the Job Centre in the Hinckley Hub, Citizens Advice or my office and we can point you in the right direction for whatever help is available.
I know that cost of living pressures are a great concern to many at the moment, I want to assure you that I will continue to work to ensure this issue is kept high on the Government’s agenda in the coming months.