Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Press Office Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp More informationThe consultation will run for 8 weeks until 21 July 2018. Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA Follow DWP on: England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is consulting on a new measure of the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits to provide consistency over time.This follows a decision by the UK Statistics Authority to remove the National Statistics quality mark from the current Claimant Count statistics as they no longer provide a reliable measure of movements in the labour market.The Claimant Count is rising in areas where Universal Credit has rolled out because it is counting people in the ‘Searching for Work’ Universal Credit conditionality group. Some of these people would not previously have been included in the Claimant Count under Jobseeker’s Allowance.More consistent data will allow more meaningful comparisons over time so that the government can be held to account for its progress on supporting everyone who wants to work, to find a job.In a consultation launched today by Minister of State for Employment Alok Sharma MP, the DWP is seeking views on 2 alternative options.Having a more accurate picture will help Local Authorities and Jobcentre Plus understand the needs in their communities.Minister of State for Employment Alok Sharma said: I am delighted that we have record employment in the British economy, but it is also important that we have an accurate measure of the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits so we can provide support to those wanting to move into work or to a better paid job. I urge all those with an interest in this area to take part in this consultation. Read the consultation on Proposals for a new statistical series to count unemployed claimants London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 Contact Press Office Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975
Comment PSG chief says Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is ‘dream’ signing Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 7:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Houssem Aouar is hot property at the moment (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar during the transfer window, but sporting director Leonardo appears to have ruled out a move in the coming days.The 22-year-old is one of the most talked-about players in Europe this summer, with a string of clubs looking to snap him up.Arsenal are thought to be in a strong position to sign the Frenchman, but Juventus and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in the talented star.Ligue 1 champions PSG have also been touted as a possible destination for Aouar and Leonardo admits he is a fan of his, but it is unlikely to happen before this year’s transfer deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aouar it’s a dream but it may not be the right time,’ said the Brazilian.That is good news for Arsenal, who have been in negotiations with Lyon but are struggling to agree a price, with the Gunners initially offering £32m but the French side wanting closer to £50m.Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign him because of Lyon’s asking price, but Real Madrid could be the most serious competition Arsenal face after manager Zinedine Zidane made contact with his compatriot over a move.Aouar is reportedly thrilled by the prospect of moving to the La Liga champions, but Arsenal also appeals to him and the interest from Madrid may just encourage the Premier League club to up their offer in the near future.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about possible new signings on Friday, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: ‘Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally. [I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can. ‘But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future. We are all very much aligned but I’m afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news. ‘I think it is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you’re going to have for the rest of the season.‘We need to make some decisions in the next three days, I think everything has been delayed so much, not just us but probably every team because of the context that we’re in at the moment. ‘We will try to make the best possible decisions and at the end, whatever we have, we go for it fully convinced and prepared to have a good season.’MORE: Chelsea could look at Arsenal target Thomas Partey as potential Declan Rice alternativeMORE: Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs TottenhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement
Press Association They all responded to the challenge superbly on Saturday as the Barclays Premier League leaders thrashed Bournemouth 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Sterling scored a hat-trick, Bony grabbed the other two and De Bruyne was influential throughout. De Bruyne said: “More people will look at us because we have lost two great players on the attacking front, but I think the other ones are really good players. “Maybe we don’t have the experience of the other ones but I think we are doing really well together and the more games we will get the more we will know each other and hopefully the better we will do. “It is always a blow when you miss them but we need to maintain our level and try to win without them. “It is not an excuse to say at the Etihad we may lose four games because they are not there. If you want to win titles you have to do with the players what you have. Sometimes it is maybe more difficult but you have to try to win these games.” Another player who might have been asked to step up in such circumstances is Samir Nasri but the Frenchman experienced discomfort on his return from a hamstring injury against Bournemouth. The 28-year-old replaced De Bruyne in the 62nd minute but was troubled in the latter stages and only played until the end because City had used all their substitutes. He now looks doubtful for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “Nasri had a problem with his hamstring. I think it will be very difficult for him (to play Wednesday). “Unfortunately we knew that he was feeling something after we made the third change, but he didn’t run too much. He stayed in the middle so we’ll see in the next day what happens with him.” City’s most established attacking duo were both injured in the recent international break with star striker Aguero set to be out for at least a month and playmaker Silva a fortnight. The pressure to deliver up front has therefore shifted to the likes of De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony – a trio signed for close to a combined £130million over the past year. Kevin de Bruyne accepts there can be no excuses if Manchester City slip up in the absences of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.