Benefits claims are still more than DOUBLE pre-Covid levels in parts of Britain

Author: Yuvi November 20, 2022


Some parts of Britain still have double the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits than before the Covid crisis, a new analysis has revealed.

The London constituencies of Brent North and East Ham both had twice as many claimants last month than before the pandemic.

The figures also revealed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s seat of South West Surrey had 1,190 claimants in October – a 95 per cent increase since March 2020.

And Surrey Heath, the constituency represented by Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary Michael Gove, had 1,395 claimants last month – a 92 per cent increase since the start of the Covid crisis.

According to the analysis by the House of Commons Library – based on data from the Office for National Statistics – Harrow East, West Ham, Enfield Southgate, North East Hampshire, Spelthorne, Woking, Ilford South and Tottenham have all experienced an increase in claimants of 80 percent or above since March 2020.

Meanwhile, Birmingham Ladywood had the highest number of claimants in October out of all 650 parliamentary constituencies with 11,420 claimants.

This was followed by West Ham (8,515), Tottenham (8,265), Birmingham Hodge Hill (8,050), Brent Central (7,995), East Ham (7,195), Perry Birmingham Barr (7,170), Bradford West (7,150), Leeds Central ( 6,875) and Birmingham Hall Green (6,840).

Some parts of Britain still have double the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits than before the Covid crisis

Birmingham Ladywood, Birmingham Hodge Hill, Birmingham Erdington, Birmingham Perry Barr and Bradford West all had a claimant rate above nine per cent in October

Birmingham Ladywood, Birmingham Hodge Hill, Birmingham Erdington, Birmingham Perry Barr and Bradford West all had a claimant rate above nine per cent in October

The London constituencies of Brent North and East Ham both had twice as many claimants last month than before the pandemic

The London constituencies of Brent North and East Ham both had twice as many claimants last month than before the pandemic

Following the start of the pandemic, the claimant count more than doubled while the rise in unemployment was much smaller.

Following the start of the pandemic, the claimant count more than doubled while the rise in unemployment was much smaller.

20 November, 2022, 3:08 pm

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