Cutting jobless will balance our budget – Social Security

SOCIAL Security has defended its predicted overspend by insisting that new projects are on the horizon to get unemployed islanders back to work.

SOCIAL Security has defended its predicted overspend by insisting that new projects are on the horizon to get unemployed islanders back to work.

Social Security minister Allister Langlois (pictured) said the department was looking at extending existing projects and creating new schemes to tackle the rate of unemployment.

The department is estimating supplementary benefits to be £750,000 above budget for the year, although the predicted total overspend is likely to be £500,000 after reductions were made elsewhere.

‘We are certainly not complacent about the situation, but the size of the figures needs to be kept in proportion,’ he said. ‘They are relatively small when compared to the overall budget. We are now looking at a number of initiatives to return people into work quickly and that helps to keep supplementary benefits under control.'

Comments for: "Cutting jobless will balance our budget – Social Security"

Zab

Pie in the sky methinks, having to make up the income of those on minimum wage will not keep costs under control.

I believe that in the UK now there are a million more claimants being topped up in work than there are on the unemployment register.

Minister Langlois ought tackle overpriced housing and the minimum wage and STOP subsidising landlords and private business profits.

He could also speak up about the poverty issue which rests at his departments door.