Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Thursday 27th January 2011 11.30am

Sutton Economic Support Task Force

This is a meeting with our business and voluntary sector partners set up to monitor and seek to address the impacts of the recession. It is chaired by the leader of the council Sean Brennan.

The group received feedback from Saboohi Famili of Scola on the Training Employment Pack she is developing and Peter Simpson gave a brief report on the impacts of the new Education White Paper.

Kirsty Allen presented the latest economy watch data for Sutton. Good news highlighted was the improving situation of less businesses going into administration compared with 2008/9 and a reduction in the number of vacant shops. The data showed that Sutton had the highest economic activity rate in London and a decreasing number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance. House prices are increasing monthly and are 8.4% higher than in November 2009. Negative trends showed that the number of long term unemployed continued to grow and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau is seeing the worst levels of credit card debt since the start of the recession, although overall enquiries are decreasing.

It was agreed that a close eye would need to be kept on how trends are affected by the second wave of national cuts.

Elaine Williams from Sutton Jobcentre Plus provided more detailed analysis of local employment trends. It was noted that more older people were appearing on the long term unemployed lists and there was discussion around initiatives that might be implemented to address this. David Duncan of The Sutton Chamber offered to provide some workshops to highlight the opportunities presented by self employment and Steve Farrow advised of ongoing work in this area.

Ayub Khan from Connexions briefed us on the All Age Careers Service Government initiative and there was also discussion around the impacts of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Finally Mandy Cherrington provided an update on our big society work.

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February 9, 2011 - Posted by | Meeting

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