Cutting jobless will balance our budget – Social Security
Friday 14th June 2013, 1:00PM BST.
SOCIAL Security has defended its predicted overspend by insisting that new projects are on the horizon to get unemployed islanders back to work.
Social Security minister Allister Langlois (pictured) said the department was looking at extending existing projects and creating new schemes to tackle the rate of unemployment.
The department is estimating supplementary benefits to be £750,000 above budget for the year, although the predicted total overspend is likely to be £500,000 after reductions were made elsewhere.
‘We are certainly not complacent about the situation, but the size of the figures needs to be kept in proportion,’ he said. ‘They are relatively small when compared to the overall budget. We are now looking at a number of initiatives to return people into work quickly and that helps to keep supplementary benefits under control.’