Unemployment continues to fall in Basingstoke

Maria Miller MP

Maria Miller MP

First published in Hampshire Business by

NEW figures show that the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Basingstoke has fallen by nearly 600 in the last twelve months to 1,117.

The news has been welcomed by Basingstoke MP Maria Miller.

She notes that since 2010 the number of people in Basingstoke on unemployment benefits has fallen by more than 1,000.

“For too long, there were not the right incentives and the right support to help people get a job,” said Mrs Miller.

“The latest unemployment figures show that here in Basingstoke 600 people no longer have to rely on claiming unemployment benefits and can look forward to a more secure and brighter future.

“With the economy growing, and jobs being created locally like at the new Parcelforce depot, and in new retail stores like Home Bargains and Dunelm Mill, it’s clear that the long term economic plan is working, and here in Basingstoke the foundations of a broad based recovery are in place. There is more to do, but we need to stick to the plan, which is creating jobs, and delivering a more secure future for people in Basingstoke who want to work hard and get on in life.”

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2:24pm Mon 19 May 14

CrossofLorraine says...

This MP has no shame, she was not available when contacted by the Gazette recently on several occasions but when it’s goods news, the Business Editor has access to her and she hijacks the credit for local employment figures falling. Lets have this right, the Parcelforce redevelopment was a necessity and nothing to do with the Conservatives Party that I am aware of, the other businesses mentioned cater for the value end of the home furnishings market and are most welcome in these times of austerity, which is why they are thriving business and demographics brought them here to B’stoke and not her. Why are we in these times of austerity because the banks could not; and the previous govt did not regulate their practices properly and her govt refuses to punish them; instead would they rather let us the taxpayers take the burden and those who are unable to fend for themselves suffer. In fact if Mrs M actually knows where they are or, has set foot inside these home retail outlets to kit out her millionaire’s barn in Mapledurwell, I’ll vote conservative.
PS She forgot to take credit for Poundland opening in Hatch Warren.
This MP has no shame, she was not available when contacted by the Gazette recently on several occasions but when it’s goods news, the Business Editor has access to her and she hijacks the credit for local employment figures falling. Lets have this right, the Parcelforce redevelopment was a necessity and nothing to do with the Conservatives Party that I am aware of, the other businesses mentioned cater for the value end of the home furnishings market and are most welcome in these times of austerity, which is why they are thriving business and demographics brought them here to B’stoke and not her. Why are we in these times of austerity because the banks could not; and the previous govt did not regulate their practices properly and her govt refuses to punish them; instead would they rather let us the taxpayers take the burden and those who are unable to fend for themselves suffer. In fact if Mrs M actually knows where they are or, has set foot inside these home retail outlets to kit out her millionaire’s barn in Mapledurwell, I’ll vote conservative. PS She forgot to take credit for Poundland opening in Hatch Warren. CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 21

6:21pm Mon 19 May 14

Dr Elsayed Omar Selim says...

What do 600 people in a town's population of 160,000? And even if this was true, many of those are on temporary apprentice positions that do not last.

Visitors to Basingstoke will see the ghost town centre and judge for themselves. M ore over, as a local businessman I do not see any of this or the Tory alleged recovery.

LIES, LIES and **** LIES
What do 600 people in a town's population of 160,000? And even if this was true, many of those are on temporary apprentice positions that do not last. Visitors to Basingstoke will see the ghost town centre and judge for themselves. M ore over, as a local businessman I do not see any of this or the Tory alleged recovery. LIES, LIES and **** LIES Dr Elsayed Omar Selim
  • Score: -1

6:37pm Mon 19 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

It a pity she hasn’t joined those looking for work after her shambolic and disgraceful attempt to milk the Westminster Housing benefit system.
It a pity she hasn’t joined those looking for work after her shambolic and disgraceful attempt to milk the Westminster Housing benefit system. popleyrebel2
  • Score: 22

9:16am Tue 20 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

Dr Elsayed Omar Selim wrote:
What do 600 people in a town's population of 160,000? And even if this was true, many of those are on temporary apprentice positions that do not last.

Visitors to Basingstoke will see the ghost town centre and judge for themselves. M ore over, as a local businessman I do not see any of this or the Tory alleged recovery.

LIES, LIES and **** LIES
I was going to respond to your post but I realised I don't actually understand it.
Regarding any recovery, all parties and independent agencies acknowledge that there is positive growth and unemployment is falling, though they all put different spin on the news. Perhaps there is something wrong with your business which is closer to home.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Elsayed Omar Selim[/bold] wrote: What do 600 people in a town's population of 160,000? And even if this was true, many of those are on temporary apprentice positions that do not last. Visitors to Basingstoke will see the ghost town centre and judge for themselves. M ore over, as a local businessman I do not see any of this or the Tory alleged recovery. LIES, LIES and **** LIES[/p][/quote]I was going to respond to your post but I realised I don't actually understand it. Regarding any recovery, all parties and independent agencies acknowledge that there is positive growth and unemployment is falling, though they all put different spin on the news. Perhaps there is something wrong with your business which is closer to home. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 8

1:20pm Tue 20 May 14

Peter H. says...

'Ghost town centre' is not a phrase that springs to my mind, aren't John Lewis/Waitrose also moving in?

Given the out of town alternatives and growth of online shopping, the town centre seems to show some resilience. The top of town is also adapting, becoming a leisure hub of bars, restaurants and cafes.

Can you expand on your point Dr. Selim?
'Ghost town centre' is not a phrase that springs to my mind, aren't John Lewis/Waitrose also moving in? Given the out of town alternatives and growth of online shopping, the town centre seems to show some resilience. The top of town is also adapting, becoming a leisure hub of bars, restaurants and cafes. Can you expand on your point Dr. Selim? Peter H.
  • Score: 8

3:43pm Tue 20 May 14

Buster Preciation says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
Dr Elsayed Omar Selim wrote:
What do 600 people in a town's population of 160,000? And even if this was true, many of those are on temporary apprentice positions that do not last.

Visitors to Basingstoke will see the ghost town centre and judge for themselves. M ore over, as a local businessman I do not see any of this or the Tory alleged recovery.

LIES, LIES and **** LIES
I was going to respond to your post but I realised I don't actually understand it.
Regarding any recovery, all parties and independent agencies acknowledge that there is positive growth and unemployment is falling, though they all put different spin on the news. Perhaps there is something wrong with your business which is closer to home.
I think Dr Selim was making a point that 600 is an insignificant number in a population of 160,000. Whilst he is correct I think his grasp of statistics may be the root of his inability to take advantage of any improvement in the economy.
Dr Selim, you need to understand that 600 is a significant improvement in 1717 claiming benefit. The rest of the 160,000 residents of the borough are either too young to work, retired or actually in work already.
If you want to talk about insignificant numbers I'd suggest 1117 claiming benefit is insignificant in a population of 160,000. But I don't suppose that analysis suits your political beliefs.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dr Elsayed Omar Selim[/bold] wrote: What do 600 people in a town's population of 160,000? And even if this was true, many of those are on temporary apprentice positions that do not last. Visitors to Basingstoke will see the ghost town centre and judge for themselves. M ore over, as a local businessman I do not see any of this or the Tory alleged recovery. LIES, LIES and **** LIES[/p][/quote]I was going to respond to your post but I realised I don't actually understand it. Regarding any recovery, all parties and independent agencies acknowledge that there is positive growth and unemployment is falling, though they all put different spin on the news. Perhaps there is something wrong with your business which is closer to home.[/p][/quote]I think Dr Selim was making a point that 600 is an insignificant number in a population of 160,000. Whilst he is correct I think his grasp of statistics may be the root of his inability to take advantage of any improvement in the economy. Dr Selim, you need to understand that 600 is a significant improvement in 1717 claiming benefit. The rest of the 160,000 residents of the borough are either too young to work, retired or actually in work already. If you want to talk about insignificant numbers I'd suggest 1117 claiming benefit is insignificant in a population of 160,000. But I don't suppose that analysis suits your political beliefs. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 7

6:13pm Tue 20 May 14

amacqueen says...

... or they may just have been sanctioned off JSA
... or they may just have been sanctioned off JSA amacqueen
  • Score: 10

10:51pm Tue 20 May 14

Jo Walke says...

I think what a lot of people are failing to grasp is that the majority of these positions will essentially be low pay and hence such workers in the Basingstoke area will still be claiming housing benefit, local housing allowance and tax credits - if they have children then likely the state will also be paying for this areas extorsionate child care in addition to these.

Jobseekers allowance is not the only benefit being paid for by tax payers & if postions are part time/low pay likely as not these 'new employees' will be required to pay very little/no tax.
I think what a lot of people are failing to grasp is that the majority of these positions will essentially be low pay and hence such workers in the Basingstoke area will still be claiming housing benefit, local housing allowance and tax credits - if they have children then likely the state will also be paying for this areas extorsionate child care in addition to these. Jobseekers allowance is not the only benefit being paid for by tax payers & if postions are part time/low pay likely as not these 'new employees' will be required to pay very little/no tax. Jo Walke
  • Score: 12

9:04am Wed 21 May 14

Upontheroof says...

Very poor show from the Gazette to put her on a pedestal after Miller refused to comment to Jessica Bave, a Gazette reporter on the expenses scandal a short while ago.

It will be interesting to see how the Basingstoke Tory conduct of recent will change voters mind this week ......
Very poor show from the Gazette to put her on a pedestal after Miller refused to comment to Jessica Bave, a Gazette reporter on the expenses scandal a short while ago. It will be interesting to see how the Basingstoke Tory conduct of recent will change voters mind this week ...... Upontheroof
  • Score: 15

9:39am Wed 21 May 14

STEPH42 says...

amacqueen wrote:
... or they may just have been sanctioned off JSA
I agree, unemployment figures state how many people are no longer claiming jobseekers allowance, not how many people have actually found employment.
[quote][p][bold]amacqueen[/bold] wrote: ... or they may just have been sanctioned off JSA[/p][/quote]I agree, unemployment figures state how many people are no longer claiming jobseekers allowance, not how many people have actually found employment. STEPH42
  • Score: 14

1:37pm Wed 21 May 14

Jonty11 says...

I wouldn't have a problem with this article......if and only if....Maria Miller had worked to bring these new businesses into the town or provide that advice to people to get them back into work.

So, Ms Miller can you provide any evidence of doing anything other than producing a vacuous press statement based around a piece of good news, that you had absolutely nothing to do with?
I wouldn't have a problem with this article......if and only if....Maria Miller had worked to bring these new businesses into the town or provide that advice to people to get them back into work. So, Ms Miller can you provide any evidence of doing anything other than producing a vacuous press statement based around a piece of good news, that you had absolutely nothing to do with? Jonty11
  • Score: 11

1:55pm Wed 21 May 14

Suriman says...

Maria Miller will attach herself to anything where self interest or preservation is concerned. A bit like any parasite really
Maria Miller will attach herself to anything where self interest or preservation is concerned. A bit like any parasite really Suriman
  • Score: 11

5:52pm Wed 21 May 14

Angry of Basingstoke says...

Maria Miller should become Basingstoke's disgraced ex-MP… but we will have to wait until next year to show her what we think of her expenses scandal.
Maria Miller should become Basingstoke's disgraced ex-MP… but we will have to wait until next year to show her what we think of her expenses scandal. Angry of Basingstoke
  • Score: 8

6:17pm Wed 21 May 14

Ambivalent says...

Good news Maria, it would be nice if you also acknowledged the levels of hardship people in Basingstoke are suffering as a result of welfare reforms and your governments inability to manage change and foresee the consequence .... or even care about them..
It would be nice if you acknowledged that many people are struggling to survive and find somewhere to live because of lack of affordable housing and social housing that your government has failed to deal with. It would be nice if you recognised the level of the housing crisis and did something about it.
It would be nice if you challenged the cuts in Supporting People funding which will potentially leave many vulnerable people homeless and sleeping rough, and unable to access the support that would help them get back to leading normal, productive lives and unable to access any form of accommodation.
It would be nice if you suggested the Hampshire County Council spent some of it's £400 million reserves to ease just a few of the potential crises that people are suffering.
It would be nice for you to acknowledge or accept that things for many, aren't so good and show that you are also interested in their predicament not just airbrush them out of the picture as if they didn't exist .... perhaps in your world they don't..
Publicity and spin are amazing things, but honesty, integrity and fairness, a recognition of reality, will carry much more weight with the people of Basingstoke.
make the most of the next year, Maria.
Good news Maria, it would be nice if you also acknowledged the levels of hardship people in Basingstoke are suffering as a result of welfare reforms and your governments inability to manage change and foresee the consequence .... or even care about them.. It would be nice if you acknowledged that many people are struggling to survive and find somewhere to live because of lack of affordable housing and social housing that your government has failed to deal with. It would be nice if you recognised the level of the housing crisis and did something about it. It would be nice if you challenged the cuts in Supporting People funding which will potentially leave many vulnerable people homeless and sleeping rough, and unable to access the support that would help them get back to leading normal, productive lives and unable to access any form of accommodation. It would be nice if you suggested the Hampshire County Council spent some of it's £400 million reserves to ease just a few of the potential crises that people are suffering. It would be nice for you to acknowledge or accept that things for many, aren't so good and show that you are also interested in their predicament not just airbrush them out of the picture as if they didn't exist .... perhaps in your world they don't.. Publicity and spin are amazing things, but honesty, integrity and fairness, a recognition of reality, will carry much more weight with the people of Basingstoke. make the most of the next year, Maria. Ambivalent
  • Score: 12

8:00pm Wed 21 May 14

popleyrebel2 says...

Maria Miller is damaged goods and therefore any propaganda other than political will in her opinion go unchallenged, sorry Maria Miller people have seen right through you. What you have done for Basingstoke you could write on the back of stamp however, you could write a book on what Basingstoke has done for you (politically and financially)
“Time to go”
Maria Miller is damaged goods and therefore any propaganda other than political will in her opinion go unchallenged, sorry Maria Miller people have seen right through you. What you have done for Basingstoke you could write on the back of stamp however, you could write a book on what Basingstoke has done for you (politically and financially) “Time to go” popleyrebel2
  • Score: 17

10:47am Thu 22 May 14

Jonty11 says...

Could we get Maria Millers comments (and why isn't the gazette running an article) on this?

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Could we get Maria Millers comments (and why isn't the gazette running an article) on this? http://basingstoke.t hebreeze.com/news/lo cal-news/690-basings toke-and-deane-house holds-at-risk-of-los ing-their-home-in-th e-last-year/ Jonty11
  • Score: 9

4:04pm Thu 22 May 14

laurence86 says...

Maria Miller is the prime model of a politician. Quiet and elusive when there are questions about her wrong doings. First to the lime light when there is a shred of good news. This is why so many young people don’t vote.
Maria Miller is the prime model of a politician. Quiet and elusive when there are questions about her wrong doings. First to the lime light when there is a shred of good news. This is why so many young people don’t vote. laurence86
  • Score: 8

4:10pm Fri 23 May 14

ChinehamIan says...

UKIP to replace Miller in 2015!
UKIP to replace Miller in 2015! ChinehamIan
  • Score: 0

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