Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Unemployment Increases in South Shields

It's really worrying to learn that unemployment has increased in South Tyneside for the third month in a row, as reported in the Shields Gazette:


We've now got 6,590 people claiming (JSA) last month - which is an extra 188 people from the previous month. This figure of course does not accurately reflect the true extent of unemployment in the borough - the long term unemployed, who may be on other types of benefit are not included in this figure. Nevertheless almost another 200 new claimants is really worrying.

Brown keeps banging on about how we're coming out of recession. As I think most people would agree, the real force of recession is felt when you loose your job. Even with credit less available and businesses failing around you, if you have your job and you are still being paid, then most of us seem to continue in a recession proof bubble. In fact many of us, who are working and have a mortgage are the best off we've ever been, what with tracker mortgages and our interest rate being 0.5%.

Nice to see Miliband is in touch with the issues in the town and is still boasting on his website:

"I am delighted that unemployment in South Tyneside has fallen consistently since 1997."



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