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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 is planning to close a call centre in Southampton at the end of the year with the loss of 550 jobs.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith has said that the recent employment figures are positive with unemployment figures dropping and those "never expected to work, sickness benefits, lone parents - they're now going back to work."
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have produced a short Q&A video on today's Labour Market Statistics:
Youth unemployment up 11,000, while overall unemployment is down. Tough on the young.
Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed today.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 12,500 to 1.54 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to December, 0.1% down on the previous month.
– Cllr Royston Smith, Leader of Southampton City Council
Southampton City Council will do everything it can to support British Gas staff at this very difficult time.
Helping our residents into employment is a top priority for the city, and we are already pulling together a taskforce of council officers with employment and skills expertise and partners including JobCentre Plus and other agencies to respond to today’s news.”
550 call centre workers for British Gas were told they were out of a job today.
The company said it was closing the centre, in St Mary's Road, Southampton, by the end of the year as part of a cost cutting review. It said this would help it to stay competitive.
Andrew Pate speaks to Ian Peters, Managing Director of British Gas and Mike Jeram from UNISON.