Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Unemployment doubles in Thanet

I have had a rather busy day today and only just had time to look at the other local blogs and news sites but this article on the Gazette website is very worrying, it suggests unemployment is rising much faster here than elsewhere.

It is difficult to see why things should be so much worse here and to work out what the knock on effect will be.


  1. It is odd that you should mention this Michael. For only today I was thinking perhaps the Head of St Lawrence College must be thinking about sending a letter to fee paying parents.

    Dear Parent

    Since the Thanet water supply could be poisoning staff and children (and the problem may exist for fifty further years) we are considering relocating school to an area with a healthier water supply.

    We would lay off any ancillary staff such as cooks and gardeners locally recruited in Thanet.

    Best wishes

    PS We have a buyer interested who wants to apply for change of use to a self catering Asylum Reception Commune.

    PPS The rumours about an asylum centre have reached certain local ears and we have already been asked to recommend a local carpet supplier.

  2. 'Tis indeed difficult to draw conclusions from these figures - there is no data to help us understand where the increase has come from.

    I hope TDC have a more detailed study on which to base any policy.

  3. In a small road in Ramsgate with only thirty six houses at least five people have lost their jobs although one thankfully appears to be working again this week

  4. 20.30 I can’t find anything on their website, in a sensible world this information would have been one of their main press releases this week, published on their website with links to all of the relevant information. There would also have been a place where people could comment and those comment could be viewed by the public, we have a serious problem and dialogue and the input of local people could very well help to point at solutions.

    I can tell you things are looking pretty grim for some of the people I know in town centre retail, many of the non-food shops are really struggling, I think the only reason I am doing ok is that my prices are less than anywhere else.


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