South Tyneside must be ready for the impact of more job losses when Jarrow’s Essentra factory closes, says Coun John Anglin.
The borough council’s lead member for innovation and regeneration was speaking as new figures reveal the number of people looking for work in the borough has fallen by almost 1,000 in the last year.
We need to keep working with business who want to come into the borough, we need to keep making sure that people who are interested in starting up their own business in the borough are given the help they need to be able to do so.Coun John Anglin
There were 3,749 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – paid to those classed as actively looking for work – in the borough last month, down from 4,736 in June 2014, and a drop of 156 since May.
Coun Anglin said the fall was evidence of the success of the borough council in attracting businesses to South Tyneside and encouraging the start-up of new businesses, but the uncertainty over the future of the Essentra plant has cast a shadow over the latest good news.
Essentra, a global filter product provider for the tobacco industry, started a 45-day consultation period last Wednesday over plans to close the site on Bede Industrial Estate with the loss of 220 jobs.
“We know about Essentra, which is closing at a cost of over 200 jobs, we are told,” said Coun Anglin.
“So we know the numbers are going to be different in the future but we also know we have plans in place which have been and are being implemented which have helped us to bring the claimant count down to its lowest level for nearly ten years.
“We need to keep working with business who want to come into the borough, we need to keep making sure that people who are interested in starting up their own business in the borough are given the help they need to be able to do so.”