With the Chancellor about to start his budget speech unemployment continues to climb. Nationally 2.1 million people are claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) with nearly 6,000 of those in Wandsworth.
Unemployment claims nationally have hit 2,000,000 and if you follow this blog you’ll know I regularly report the JobSeeker’s Allowance JSA claims for Wandsworth. The figures for February were released yesterday and showed a 13.6% jump from January.
I’ve written several times about Balham on this blog, largely the negative news surrounding the closures of Woolworths and Marks and Spencers.
There is a bit of a fashion for things like Recovery.gov and realhelpnow.gov.uk (although the latter apparently only includes Labour Party ‘help’) and I wonder whether I should offer recovery.jamescousins.com.
We’re officially in recession, with a second quarter of ‘negative growth’, although we’ve gone three quarters without any growth.
The closure of Balham’s Marks and Spencer has left a lot of local residents puzzled about why M&S have decided to axe what is seemingly a busy and successful store.
Last Wednesday’s Regeneration and Community Safety Overview and Scrutiny Committee was the first in the ‘new’ format in which the focus moves from each meeting to a different part of the portfolio.