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Over the last months I have noticed small articles in The Southern encouragingly quoting government press releases regarding the drop in those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Although I am not naturally a pessimist and would like to believe that the Borders is bucking the national trend, these figures alone are surely not enough to instil quite such optimism. What I would like to see, besides the counts of those claiming the allowance, would be the resulting counts of the current situations of ex-claimants.

How many of those have secured meaningful, full-time, long-term employment? How many are actually on mandatory training schemes, working for no wages for companies and charities taking advantage of government workfare schemes, in short-term positions or zero-hour contracts, or have been sanctioned by the Job Centre for trivial misdemeanours?

Maybe your next article could include these statistics.

Joan Edington

Galashiels