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PUBLISHED: 11:53 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 20 January 2016

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12 people signed on for job seekers' allowance between September and November 2015

There is a slight increase in the number of Bromley residents applying for job seekers’ allowance, according to the latest figures.

Statistics compiled by the Office for National Statistics showed that 12 people (0.5 per cent) signed on between September and November 2015.

Sarah Hernandez of Jobcentre Plus said: “Things have started to plateau on the back of significant redcutions over the last two years.

“Temporary work may be the reason for people coming back to us, but the next figures will be a better indication.”

Bromley also this week introduced universal credit, a scheme which aims to make it easier for people claiming benefits to move into work.

Nationally and across London, though, the picture was bright, with UK employment rate hitting a record high while unemployment plummeted to pre-recession levels

DWP employment minister, Priti Patel, said: “This is a record-breaking set of figures – and has got 2016 off to a fantastic start.

“There are now more people in work than ever before and wages are growing consistently – a credit to hardworking Brits and businesses alike.

“And in a further demonstration of the strength of the UK labour market today’s figures show a record three quarters of a million vacancies available.

“Since 2010, London’s employment rate has seen the largest rise of any UK region.

“As a One Nation Government we will build on this throughout the coming year – doubling childcare for working parents and introducing the new National Living Wage – ensuring that everyone has increased financial security and the opportunity to get on and succeed in life.”

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