Gloomy news, I'm afraid. Another 118,000 join the dole ques in England.
Since it's January now, this must be people who may have had seasonal jobs over Christmas, and that's ended. How sad!
I suggest that for the youngters especially, the government should consider encouraging the store owners, especially the flagship stores in Oxford Circus and Marble Arch and prime areas of large cities, to recruit meeters and greeters. This would brighten up stores with the natural bonhomie of young people finding some task to keep them busy and cheerful. In preparation for Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee, and the London Olympics in July, such activities can build up the celebratory momentum.
Rather than sit at home, a lot of youngsters would be glad to do some work to keep occupied and happy for travel and lunch money.
If the government were to cut the business rates, and the landlords could consider cutting the rents, and some kind of John Lewis charter given to failing stores, who knows, the resources thus saved may enable them to survive. The CBI could perhaps ask people like the bosses of Barrats, Priceless, La Senza and other businesses entering administration their views.
Once the right policies and measures are in place, who knows, the economy could be shining again.
Let me know your views.