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MP's reaction to job losses

The MP for Southampton Itchen has reacted to news that British Gas is to close its call centre in Hampshire with the loss of 550 jobs.

British Gas jobs to go

British Gas is planning to close a call centre in Southampton at the end of the year with the loss of 550 jobs.

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£1.6m to boost economies in Sussex towns

Bognor Regis will be given £1.6m to boost the economy and improve public spaces. The Sussex town secured the grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, a scheme to regenerate seaside towns and villages.

Newhaven will also receive £1.9 million from the Fund.

The Sussex towns secured the grants after successful bids by Lewes District Council and Adur District Council for a share of £27.7 million of funding for more than 50 projects across the UK.

In Newhaven the money will be spent on developing existing Denton Island facilities including new Innovation Space at the Enterprise Centre, more nursery space, new training rooms and a café.

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Jobs minister on 6.6% rise in region's unemployment

The Employment Minister and Fareham MP, Mark Hoban, has been talking about the disappointing unemployment figures for the South East, published on Wednesday 20 March.

Numbers for the last financial quarter released by the Office for National Statistics, reveal that unemployment in the region has increased by 6.6%, with 16,000 more people unemployed.

While there may have been an increase in the number of people in the labour market out of work, the South East remains the region with the second lowest level of unemployment in the UK after the South West.

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Cameron: Tax cut on the way for millions in the UK

Speaking during Prime Minister Questions, ahead of the Budget statement, David Cameron said:

In two weeks' time there will be a tax cut for 24 million people in this country as we raise the amount of money you can earn before you pay tax.

We will have taken over 2 million people out of tax altogether. We've frozen the council tax and cancelled fuel duty increase after fuel duty increase and we are legislating to put customers on the lowest electricity tariff.

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Union: Young bearing the brunt of UK 'jobs crisis'

Today's figures confirm our fears that economic stagnation has finally caught up with the jobs market.

Young people are bearing the brunt of our jobs crisis, with the number of unemployed youngsters up 48,000 and approaching a million again.

The news for those in work is not much better, with the gap between wages and the rising cost of living getting even wider.

We won't see a proper recovery in the jobs market until we get growth back into the economy. That's why the Chancellor must change course and prioritise jobs, growth and living standards in his Budget today.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary
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