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King's Lynn Job Centre Plus on Broad Street abuzz with jobs fair says North West Norfolk MP James Wild

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There was a buzz in the new Job Centre Plus on Broad Street on Monday morning with the latest jobs fair taking place.

This time the focus was on the hospitality sector. People interested in roles were talking to nine local businesses keen to fill vacancies in a variety of roles. Many people I talked to were eager to find a role with a focus on flexibility while for some getting back into the routine of work was their motivation.

With the clocks having gone forward and Easter, then summer to come, the employers all reported a need for additional staff to help meet customer demand as people continue to enjoy the freedoms now Covid rules have gone.

Temporary Jobcentre Plus site in Broad Street, Lynn.
Temporary Jobcentre Plus site in Broad Street, Lynn.

Around 150 people were registered to attend and in a sign of the appetite to take people on, interviews were taking place on the spot. This fair was being held as part of the new Way to Work campaign to help 500,000 jobseekers into work by the end of June.

Building on the KickStart scheme that focuses on younger people most at risk of missing out on a job, there is a renewed focus on helping the 1,800 people in North West Norfolk on unemployment benefits into roles which is very welcome.

Work coaches are providing dedicated face-to-face support for people and further events are planned covering other sectors. If any businesses are interested in participating, then I can help put them in touch with the local team.

James Wild at Westminster Hall.
James Wild at Westminster Hall.

Helping more people into work is part of the answer to the growing bills and household costs. Last week the Chancellor set out some further measures including tax changes worth £330 a year for 30 million people, a 5p cut in fuel duty, and doubling the targeted support made available to local authorities to help the most vulnerable people.

This support is additional to the £150 council tax rebate coming to over 80 per cent of households in North West Norfolk this month and increases to the National Living Wage and Universal Credit.

All these measures will help to mitigate the impact of increasing inflation but there is no question that we are experiencing tough times due to international pressures.

Throughout the pandemic the government kept support measures under review and I continue to highlight the pressures with heating oil and other costs that particularly affect our area.

After last week’s debate I secured on QEH and the campaign for a new hospital, it was encouraging that plans for a new state of the art diagnostic and assessment centre took a step forward.

Plans have been submitted for this new facility that will be kitted out with imaging equipment including MRI and CT scanners and ultrasound machines. It will be one of three centres across Norfolk and Waveney as part of a £69.7 million package.

This development is all part of modernisation of the hospital including the new endoscopy unit, West Norfolk eye centre, and hopefully a new orthopaedic unit which I also championed in the House of Commons.

These developments will further improve the experience of our patients, their families, and staff.

James Wild MP

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