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Coronavirus: Support pledge as unemployment claims double in Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coronavirus will have a “huge impact” on jobs in Wales, said Mr Skates Everyone aged over 16 in Wales will be offered help to find work, self-employment, education or training, a minister has said. Figures show the numbers claiming benefits in Wales have doubled compared with this time last year. There were 118,600 claimants… Read more →

Coronavirus: Universal credit claims almost double in NI

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people claiming universal credit in Northern Ireland has almost doubled in two months. On 1 March, 70,000 people were claiming the payment, but by 26 April, that figure had risen to 126,000. When non-essential businesses closed in mid-March, applications rose ten-fold, said NI’s Department for Communities. Millions of people across the UK have… Read more →