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Jobcentre-plus-.jpg?profile=RESIZE_400xMORE support is needed for the unemployed, politicians have said, after data showed benefit claims in Portsmouth have almost doubled since lockdown.

Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions revealed the number of those claiming either Universal Credit or jobseeker's allowance in the city had risen from 8,610 to 16,590 between March and April this year.

And according to analysis by charity Centre for Cities, Portsmouth experienced the 14th highest surge in claims in the whole of the UK and the single largest increase in the south of England.

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Portsmouth Evening News

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