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Issue:- 24 October 2013

No jobs recovery in the North West

THE latest labour market figures show that the North West had the highest increase in unemployment of any region over the Summer. Unemployment is now at 294,000 (8.6%), up 24,000 over June 2013 to August 2013.  The Office for National Statistics identify a pattern of falling employment rates in the North West and identify no fall in unemployment over the past year. Nationally, there was a small drop in unemployment, but the figures also show that a record 1.4 million people are working part-time.  Kevan Nelson, Regional Secretary of UNISON North West, said:- "Nationally, the labour market is failing to deliver decent quality jobs and there is a growing problem of under employment.  In the North West, we are still seeing a fall in both the quality and quantity of jobs.  The North West has borne the brunt of the Government's austerity policies. Public spending cuts have led to job losses and moves to more precarious, low quality forms of employment. The Government's policies are failing the people of the North West and this will be compounded by further Council cuts planned for 2014/15."

Letter to editor:- "Energy costs"

"WITH colder weather around the corner, and further gas and electriCity price rises predicted, millions of people across the UK will be extremely concerned about how they'll pay their fuel bills this winter.  We know that this issue is widespread amongst the people we help, and our research last winter found that almost two-thirds of people on low incomes were not sure if they could meet their fuel costs without experiencing financial hardship. In addition to rising energy prices, the costs of other everyday essentials are on the increase.  With personal finances being increasingly stretched and in response to the largest shake-up of the UK benefits system, Turn2us has launched a new, free and easy-to-use online Benefits Calculator at The new calculator is a vital tool to help more people access the financial support they may be entitled to. The calculator helps individuals to find out what welfare benefits they are entitled to, how much they should receive and how to make a claim. It also links to our Grants Search tool to help people find other sources of support from charitable funds.  We urge anyone who is struggling to check their eligibility for financial help now - it could make all the difference this winter and beyond." Alison Taylor, Director, Turn2us, London.


THE international hit show 'New Jersey Nights' comes to EchoTwo @ Arena on 5 December 2013 for 1 night only!  This spectacular show takes you on a nostalgic musical journey celebrating the greatest hits of one of the biggest selling groups of all times:- 'Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.' Featuring four great singers, perfect harmonies, stylized costumes, a rockin' live band and amazing dancers 'New Jersey Nights' delivers all of the Four Seasons hits, including: Sherry, Rag Doll, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, Big Girls Don't Cry, Let's Hang On, Walk Like A Man, Dawn, Silence is Golden, Bye Bye Baby, Oh What A Night and many more.  If you like the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, you'll love this show!   Tickets are on sale now!  You can book tickets online  or call the Liverpool Arena Box Office on:- 0844 8000 400.

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