Number of people claiming benefits in Dundee at historic low

Dundee’s Jobcentre Plus at the Wellgate.

Benefit claims in Dundee have dropped to a “historically low level”, according to the Department of Work and Pensions.

Figures released by DWP show that the number of people claiming benefits in the city is at its lowest level since 2010.

Compared to last year, Dundee saw a 13% reduction in benefits claimants in the 18 to 24-year-old age range and a drop of 11% overall.

And since 2010, the number of people claiming benefits in the city has dropped by 44% among 18 to 24-year-olds and by 37% overall.

Jane McEwen, work services manager at the city’s job centre, said that Dundee is now reaping rewards from high investment after being categorised as an area with high multiple deprivation in the past.

She said: “We are currently seeing a drop in the number of people claiming benefits.

“In the past, the area has been categorised as having high deprivation and that attracted investment.

“The area is now reaping the benefits of that.

“The current number of claimants in Dundee is at its lowest level historically.

“We have seen a lot of partnership working between ourselves, Dundee City Council and NHS Tayside, which has had a positive impact.”

Around Scotland, benefits bosses say that employment rates remained unchanged over the quarter to stand at 75.2%, with a 4% unemployment rate — below for the UK as a whole.

The national unemployment rate stands at 109,000 — down 20,000 from last year.

Also commenting on today’s labour market statistics for Scotland, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said he was encouraged by the findings but that more needed to be done to lessen unemployment rates around the country.

He said: “It is encouraging to see Scotland’s employment remaining close to record highs seen earlier in the year. However, there can be no complacency as we tackle Scotland’s economic challenges. With growth in Scotland continuing to lag behind the rest of the UK, I urge the Scottish Government to use their considerable economic levers more effectively.”

The claimant count includes those who are on Jobseekers Allowance, or who are searching for work on Universal Credit.