WATCH ABOVE: MTV Crashes Plymouth last year
The number of unemployed people in Plymouth has continued to fall – but so have wages. Latest figures from Jobcentre Plus show in June 2017 there were 3,645 people claiming benefits either Jobseekers’ Allowance or Universal Credit in the city. This was down from the 3,750 claimants in May and is the same as the unemployment rate was in November 2016.
Experts said there had been a mini jobs surge in the security sector in Plymouth thanks to MTV Crashes, which takes place later this month, and the recent terror attacks across the country.
WATCH ABOVE: Security had to intervene when a fight broke out at a previous MTV Crashes Plymouth on the Hoe
The number of women in employment is also at a record high with 70.4% of females in a job, and similarly the rate for the South West is higher than the national average at 74.9%.
Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said that these rates were “good news” for the South West. He said: “We’re committed to delivering a welfare system which transforms lives and offers help to those who need it most, whatever their background or wherever they are from.” The official figures published today showed that real wages have fallen by 0.5% from March to May in comparison to last year’s figures.
May’s 2.9% inflation figure is the reasoning for the fall in real wages as the figure is at its highest since 2013.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Vince Cable, said: “Families across the country are struggling as prices rise and real wages continue to fall . The government must take note and rethink its extreme approach to Brexit.
“Nobody voted to make themselves poorer, but it is the public that will pay the price if the UK is dragged out of the single market and customs union. “If Theresa May is serious about helping just about managing families, she will agree to soften her approach to Brexit and put people’s jobs and living standards first.” Paul Paskins, of Jobcentre Plus’ Plymouth offices in Exeter Street, said that there has been a rise in the security sector and that the reason for this could be linked to the terrible happenings which have provoked a rise in the amount of security around the country.
He noted that another reason for the rise is due to the fact that MTV Crashes is scheduled for this month, which in turn will have created more jobs due to the high element of security at the event.
He said: “I’m very optimistic for the city, I would like to think that it will keep falling, it’s all looking good. “Although the jobs are there, it’s a competitive field and people need to make sure that they are submitting the best CV’s and practicing their interview techniques.”
There are various bricklaying apprenticeships with CITB and are available to any age . Mr Paskins said there had been an overall rise in apprenticeships across the country. On July 17 the Job Centre will be holding a recruitment day for Haven Holidays .
Mr Paskins said that there has been more demand in hospitality jobs, and that the holiday parks typically recruit around this time as it is just before peak season. Anna Leach, CBI Head of Economic Intelligence, said she was ‘concerned’ regarding the drop in real pay . She said: “These figures underline the strength of the UK’s flexible labour market, which was recognised in yesterday’s Taylor Review.
“Declining real pay and productivity remain concerning, reinforcing the imperative that any changes following the review support the economy’s ability to create great jobs.
“Making real progress on productivity growth requires a modern industrial strategy, with real change on the ground on skills, infrastructure and innovation.” TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady also commented on the real earnings falling by 0.5%.
She said: “Three months of falling pay is three months too many . The clock is ticking whilst workers wait for the government to act. “Ministers must set out a plan to get real wages rising across the public and the private sectors . They should start by scrapping the unfair pay restrictions on nurses, midwives and other public sector workers . And the minimum wage must be raised to 10 as quickly as possible. “Tackling insecurity at work is important for improving pay too . When people don’t feel secure in their job, they are less likely to push for the pay rise they deserve.
“The government should start by accepting the Taylor Review recommendation to give agency workers equal pay .
And they should go further and ban zero-hours contracts.”
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- ^ MTV Crashes Plymouth: Everything you need to know about the 2017 event (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)
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Police want to speak to a man about an attempted armed robbery of security guards outside a Tesco supermarket in Clacton. Officers have launched an appeal to find Scott Paley, from Dagenham, as part of an investigation into an attempted robbery2 of two security guards outside Tesco3 in the Brook Retail Park, London Road, on January 18. Paley, 43, is described as being 5ft 6ins tall, and has connections to London and Canvey4.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious and Organised Crime Unit at Essex Police on 101. They can also give information independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org6. No personal details are taken by Crimestoppers, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not have to attend court.
Visitors will only be able to get into the Queen Square event at three checkpoints and all bags will be searched. DJ Dicky Dodd will open the event at midday with family fun for the afternoon and then the live gigs, including Toploader, The Hoosiers, Lucy Spraggan, Kevin Simm and Pacific will take place from 6pm. Last year, visitors and shoppers could mill around Queen Square, but this year the area for the free event will be restricted.
People will only be able to access the site of the performances from three main entrances – on Dudley Street, Exchange Street and Lichfield Street. Each entrance will be manned by security staff and everyone will have their bag inspected before being allowed in. The site of the event will be thoroughly searched ahead of final set-up preparations being put in place.
Traffic restrictions also started at 8am today. Restrictions are due to be in place along Darlington Street at the junction of Waterloo Road, and along Lichfield Street from outside the Art Gallery to the junction of Princes Square. The organisers have also been working with the police who are carrying out patrols.
Cherry Shine, event manager, said: “We have changed the measures we had originally put in place after what happened in Manchester.
“Last year, at the 1980s fun fest event, we had enabled a free-flow of people throughout the centre throughout the day.
“Now, the flow of people will be controlled all day through the three entrances which will be manned by security staff.
“Our priority throughout the day is making sure people feel safe and secure and enjoy everything that Wolverhampton has to offer.”
The drinking of alcohol will be allowed in the site, though people attending must decant their booze into plastic cups provided by the organisers. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which allows police to seize alcohol from people, in Queen Square will be lifted for the event. Cherry Shine said: “People will be able to bring in a reasonable amount of alcohol . No glass bottles will be allowed in . People will have to decant their alcohol into the plastic cups we will provide in order to be allowed in.
“By providing the plastic cups it limits the amount that people can bring in – I don’t know many people that can carry more than two plastic cups at a time.
“The PSPO is aimed at reducing street drinking to tackle anti-social behaviour .
This is an event that encourages people to come along and enjoy Wolverhampton . The focus is not on the alcohol . Every major city across the UK has events such . By working with the police and introducing these controls, we will avoid any problems.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Armed response will not be policing the event.
“There will be an extra policing presence as it s a public event and staffed by local neighbourhood teams.”
Councillor Mike Hardacre, Labour councillor for Park ward, which is also covered by the PSPO said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and providing the necessary measures are put in place and it is properly stewarded then this decision to allow people to drink in the city centre does not seem unreasonable.”
Speaking about the enhance security measures, Councillor Hardacre continued: “It is very clear in my mind that security needs to be enhanced until the national security picture becomes clearer.
“It is only correct therefore that the local authority and other relevant authorities are taking these new measures that though not overly obtrusive, will better ensure that people can enjoy themselves safely and securely.”
The Civic Centre car park will be open from Wulfruna Street only and will have extended opening hours until 11pm . So will the NCP car parks in the city.