Steady drop in JSA claims

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FEWER people are claiming Jobseekers Allowance compared with the last quarter despite changes that have seen more claimants switch benefits.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the figure was down 15,000 to 1.57m in August even though changes such as reassessing incapacity benefit claimants and rules on income support for lone parents meant that more unemployed people transferred to the allowance.

The total number of people claiming the main out of work benefits is now 140,000 lower than in May 2010.