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Unemployment Bound to Rise Says Think-Tank. Fairy Jobmother to the Rescue.

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The employer group reckons public sector cuts could see the dole queues swell to about 3m.

The employment picture might be looking slightly healthier in the private sector, but it’s a very different story in the public sector. The CIPD warns today that the Con-Lib coalition’s aggressive axe-wielding plans will leave some 725,000 civil servants out of a job – pushing the total UK unemployment figure up to 2.95m by 2012. Worse still, it thinks this number will remain pretty steady until 2015, since the private sector recovery is likely to be too weak to pick up the slack. Arguably it’s right that the state sector should finally experience some of the pain felt by the rest of us in recent years – but it’s going to have some nasty consequences…


From Here.

We doubt very much that civil servants are going to turn up as debt collectors, pawn-shop managers, Big Issue sellers (more Here), aroma therapists and other much-needed areas of employment set to grow in the near future.

One thing was very noticable: if unemployment is bound to rise, why are the Government planning to close yet more Job Centres?

But, hold on, rescue is at hand.

The Fairy Jobmother is back Next Week (here).

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!


Yes we Can!


Written by Andrew Coates

July 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

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  1. Thanks for the link to my “Big Issue” article 🙂

    Flexible New Deal

    July 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm

  2. not that thing again,the pound shop queen.those she did not have in tears’ reached for the off button i certainly dont think its worth watching these programs always play to an audience the sole crusader that shows the way to the demotivated the benefits of the minimum wage,organisations that couldn’t retain staff beyond the next pay packet and couldn’t get out the door quick enough saying the job isn’t worth a pound.

    while cammila cavendish’s comments’ did for the male this does it for the female.


    July 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm

  3. Talking of Poundland there is an article on one of today’s papers (?, review of the papers) about children in the UK (?) making Christmas decorations for this company for the princely sum of 7p an hour.

    Slave Labour

    July 11, 2010 at 6:21 am

    • 7p? OUCH! Too bad, Poundland’s profit will increase, Poundland’s customers will increased and nothing will be done.

      It will probably be like Primark approach …. “We had no idea about […]”

      Likewise, if you went to a market stall, a shop or ebay and got a brand new item that retails for say £300 and it was for sale at £80 (well below the wholesale price)… would you be concerned its from a back of a lorry? Yes. Would you buy it? If you are a jobseeker probably yes….

      Dont be surprised if you have it taken away from you by police.

      The problem is we see some items as being cheap or a bargain etc. and thinking how on earth can they sell them so cheap. places like Poundland (etc.) sell a lot of goods which other places cant shift (like old stock etc.) or goods which are poorly made (possibly rejects)… but it might cost you £1 to buy, theres nothing to say the unit price isn’t something much lower… perhaps even a few pence each.

      For a retailer to turn around and say they had no idea when they get it in so cheap is just nonsense.. “lets act dumb and profit from slavery up until someone makes a big deal out of it (I dont mean a deal as in a sales promotion) then decide to stop selling it to save our reputation.” hmm

      Too bad… these same poor kids are now working for some other retailer. The retailer involved just increased the output by accepting the goods so they hold responsibility not just for having goods made by people and children in slavery but for making it worse – high numbers etc. after all they need their factory (probably factories) to reach the high demand … poundland would just be one business, one national business, there are many more pound shops/99p etc., supermarkets etc. throughout the country and obviously retailers in other countries too, taking advantage of this for their own personal greed

      Flexible New Deal

      July 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

      • Flexi,

        What’s going to happen to people who get their JSA stopped for 3 years over here. I suspect they will end up in the way below minimum wage dodgey employers just to survive.

        This is going to screw workers wages even more, on top of all the forced worfare work for nothing labourers…how come Labour and the Unions arn’t putting a stop to workfare and 3 year sanctions ?

        Lowestoft's Finest

        July 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

      • We have to remain concerned but it will never happen. Still dont understand how so many people voted the twats in anyway!

        Flexible New Deal

        July 11, 2010 at 10:16 am

  4. Over There!! Where ? There? No There,It’s Behind You !!!

    These programs are are just panto and should be treated like the joke they are, made by clowns featuring clowns I rest My case.

    The participants in these programs don’t want jobs they just want fame and they only intend to get it via their best Jade Goody impressions all “Innit” and proffesionaly “Fick”.

    If The fairy Jobmother is any good she should start with those kings of hand outs channel 4 and install in them enough dignity to financialy stand on their own two feet instead of forever going cap in hand to the BBC and ITV to run their shit heap has been station.

    When channel 4 execs recently claimed they were in crisis with no money and urged for more funding via top slicing the BBC licence fee. It came out despite them claiming financial melt down nobody at Channel 4 actualy had any idea of how much top slicing money they would need and to crown things off none of them could produce any form of buisness plan other than insuring they have enough money in the future to buy in American series like Desperate House Wives at what ever price was asked.

    Far from the lofty alternative ideals channel 4 was meant to represent when it was started.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    July 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

    • Yeah, I am rather surprised she hasn’t set up her own Genuine welfare-to-work provider… maybe because neither are genuine

      By genuine I mean focus on getting people real jobs rather than drain taxpayer money without results

      TV = Entertainment. Even factual programmes (not like this one) are entertainment too. Just like reading a book, we watch TV to assume ourselves. One difference though whatever is on TV we might consider watching, books on the other hand we have to find.

      Its fame and money she wants. Thats all. All these pointless programmes are a waste of time. Even what I consider the top of the tree programmes like Panorama… are so bad.

      Anyone wanna form a real TV station?

      Flexible New Deal

      July 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

      • This obnoxious harridan, Hayley Taylor, is just having her stab at fame and fortune, leeching of the misery of others less fortunate. She must not be allowed to succeed.
        Ideally she will trip up on her neckerchief, fall over onto her ugly, fat face and get run over by a bus. Fingers crossed. Anyone know much many tonnes she weigh?

        We look at TV as entertainment, but it’s really a cover to feed the populace propaganda.

        Ideally, we should shun it, not even discuss it, not even buy the TVs that allow us to watch it. But we can’t help ourselves, some of us will find ourselves watching this no doubt pile of shite TV programme just out of curiosity. In doing so, we become complicit with the propagandist.

        Propaganda relies heavily on the use of stereotypes and as Lowestoft’s Finest says, TV companies that rely on hard-working tax-payer handouts (BBC included) who peddle negative stereotypes of the unemployed and promote Workfare should be made to, as Hayley Taylor would no doubt say, stand on their own two feet. —

        Joseph Geobels

        July 11, 2010 at 10:41 am

      • Hayley strikes me as in need of help from her mate who runs Fat fighters (Little Britain).

        Andrew Coates

        July 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

    • Hi Pop pickers

      Hayley’s brand new CD – The Journey to Hell in a Handcart Called A4E – will be out soon… well, in time for ££££mas 🙂

      Sit down, shut up and and don’t answer back or your money will be stopped as Hayley’s caterwauling voice grates to Money (Its all I want); Money, Money, Money.

      Love always


      Simon Cowell

      July 11, 2010 at 11:23 am

      • The best things in life are free
        But you can keep ’em for the birds and bees
        Money, that’s what i want, that’s what i want
        Ooh babe yeah that’s what i want

        Money don’t get everything it’s true
        But what it don’t get baby i can’t use
        Money, that’s what i want, that’s what i want
        All i need, that’s what i want, yeah

        Your lovin’ gives me a thrill
        But your lovin’ don’t pay my bills
        Money, that’s what i want, that’s what i want
        Oh that’s what i want

        I Want you baby it hurts me so
        (That’s what i want)
        Never let you go
        (That’s what i want)

        Give me everything you got
        (That’s what i want)
        (That’s what i want)
        That’s what i want
        That’s what i want

        Yeah money
        (Money, That’s what i want)
        Gimme your money baby
        (That’s what i want)
        I wanna be free baby, yeah
        (That’s what i want)
        (That’s what i want)
        That’s what i want yeah yeah yeah
        (That’s what i want)

        Money baby
        (Money that’s what i want)
        I want your money baby
        (That’s what i want)
        I need your money baby
        (That’s what i want)
        Give me your money money money baby
        (That’s what i want)
        Ooh yeah yeah that’s what i want.

        Hayler Taylor

        July 11, 2010 at 11:25 am

  5. Re Haley Taylor.

    She is more likley to damage the bus.

    Action 4 Entertainment

    July 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

  6. Reet thar nos, Reet big lass Hayley used Tu Be Int “Flumps”.?

    Reet Thar Nos

    July 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

  7. Sorry Reet Thar Nos,

    I can’t understand you as I only speak English.

    Soft Southern Jessie

    July 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

  8. If you are all so desperate for work, why aren’t you all out knocking on the doors of McDonalds, KFC, Poundland? – they are always looking for staff!

    Hayley Taylor

    July 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

    • Because These Companies Only Take Online Applications. And Today Is Sunday. Anyway You Don’t Work Saturday Or Sundays Nor Do Providers Jobcentres Council etc. We Cant look for work on Saturday And Sundays as Agencies Etc are closed


      July 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    • If Poundland et al paid double time for Saturday and Sunday working just like my bank paid me for working Saturday morning then they might find jobseekers queuing up to work there!

      Funny A4e Photos

      July 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      • In my day you got paid time and a quarter for working normal over-time, you got paid time and a half for working on a Saturday, and double time for working a on Sunday. And you also got paid extra for working anti-social hours, time and half for early/late shift and double time for night shift. Folks today are being played for fools.

        OLd Timer

        July 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    • Call yourself Jobseekers do you, but you have time to post insulting comments on an internet site. You are nothing but a bunch of lazy chumps that need a good kick up the backside. If I had my way you’d all be singing for your supper.

      It’s not as if an employer is going to come knocking on your door with a job, being out there and marketing yourself shows a prospective employer that you possess initiative.

      I’m the first to admit that it’s a competitive jobs market out there, but jobs are available for those willing to work.

      The good news is that Poundland is open on a Sunday. I work closely with this fantastic, innovative and expanding company, why don’t you lot pop in and tell them that you would like to arrange a work trial with them, tell them Hayley sent you.


      Hayley Taylor

      July 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    • if she walked in they’d think the next consignment of meat has just arrived.


      July 11, 2010 at 11:30 pm

  9. You can’t go around referring to jobseekers as lazy chumps and say they need a good kick up the backside. Try and put those A4e motivation techniques behind you!

    Funny A4e Photos

    July 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm

  10. “Sit up straight you bone-idle lazy c***s.”

    Pauline Cambell Jones (The League of Gentlemen)


    July 12, 2010 at 1:21 am

  11. Haley Taylor. You Better keep out of POUNDLAND, they may yhink their halloween dummies have arrived early

    Frank N Stein

    July 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

  12. This monster, Hayley Taylor was the best friend I ever had.

    Boris Karloff

    July 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

  13. If Hayley is now self employed, which would appear to be the case, then she might be also getting paid from Poundland et al for mentioning them at every opportuity on TV.

    Funny A4e Photos

    July 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

    • Funny A4E Photos. Sorry Friend But You Also Forgot To Add That She Too Mentions KFC BURGER KING & MCDONALDS. Wonder If She Gets Free Samples From Them Too. Look At The Size Of Her.

      Frank N Stein

      July 12, 2010 at 11:49 am

    • Hollywood movies are big on product placement, watch Tom Cruise salivate over a super-size, double cheese burger with extra toppings.

      The broadcasting rules in the UK have recently been relaxed to allow this, now producers don’t have to be so underhand. So it’s now possible to produce a show which is ostensibly about “helping the poor, worthless unemployed move on with there life”, but is in actual fact an extended commercial for Poundland. It does appear that Hayley Taylor is in receipt of back-handers from Poundland.

      Media Watch

      July 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm

  14. We would like to offer Hayley Taylor the position of STEAMROLLER. ..

    Acme Road Flattening Ltd.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

  15. What are your thoughts on the current benefits system/government initiatives?

    My thoughts are that the system gives people a liveable amount of money – not a vast amount of money – but for general living, it gives people an amount they can manage on and survive on. So if you can manage and survive, why are you going to go out there and panic to find a job? You’re not going to.

    Whereas if it could be made where you barely could survive and you had to scrape through – as horrible as it is for anyone to have to find themselves in that position – that may be the kick that some people need to think, you know what I really have to get a grip on myself and tackle this situation.

    It’s so complex, there isn’t an answer, there isn’t a solution, there never will be. The system is put in place to help people in a situation where they need help. I’m proud that this country has this system because some don’t.

    But that system is there really not to be relied on but to be given in an emergency. To help. It isn’t something that is in place to live on and unfortunately the amount that people are paid is just liveable.

    Is work all about the money?

    The fundamental thing about work is not just the financial reward but everything else you get from it too. A sense of pride and that you’re someone who is contributing to society, that what you do is valuable, no matter how small.

    Rise Up

    July 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  16. benefits like jobseekers allowance are very low,it leaves people open to continually trying to juggle finances,as like most people the unprecedented continued rise in supermarket prices’ is a real concern,items are rising by on average 5-50p an item,also fuel bills are very hard to budget for especially in winter where many are forced to freeze a percentage of the time,energy companies send out disconnection notices quickly and threats are continual,being disabled appears to have stopped the most serious from mine but to say these companies are greedy pests’ is an understatement.
    unemployed are also socially disadvantaged disallowing access to necessities like the internet this is important to look for vacancies in a relaxed manner,i dont feel relaxed when i enter a job centre plus office but perhaps that’s just me i find it intimidating abrupt and an atmosphere if somethings about to erupt amongst those that are around.
    i have great sympathy for those disabled who have to attend these establishments because they are “deemed fit”.the welfare state has been totally abused by governments of the decades’ manipulated to suit their needs no necessarily the needs of those that need to depend on it.
    the continual often low wages are not representative of todays needs for a living wage,people cannot afford to spend a third of this traveling here there and everywhere and unrealistic to expect them to do so,that even if they are able to get there in the first place,poverty benefits and low wages continue to divide society which has been allowed to continue over the last thirty years this has a knock on effect of creating debt levels that all to often are defaulted on.

    while it might be unrealistic to expect excessive luxuries’ today it should not be a case of trying to manage the essential basics’,the country cannot afford to have massive bank bailouts and expect the taxpayer to foot the bill these are or were privately owned companies’ that should not fall into government support sector.
    the governments of the past few decades have foolishly sold off the countries “family silver” often at knockdown prices this has backfired disastrously on the country leaving it badly weekended.

    what all this boils down to is an irretrievable mess that has continued to snow ball out of control,unemployment is here to stay as a result of the downturn in uk manufacturing,sadly once jobs are lost they are lost for good,the effects on those people and areas continue to this day when terminal decline sets in,forty years ago the term was hong kong rubbish yet today the country is in fluxed with this often shoddy short lived disposable rubbish.
    the quality trained motivated valued workforce mentality has been lost for good in the quick grab for cash.


    July 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    • Ken is right. JSA is not enough to live on properly.

      To give one example we’ve mentioned before: travel fares.

      It costs a minimum of £3.60 to come into the centre of Ipswich and go back.

      Now there are plenty of places in town where you have to do this more than once a week – or at least once a fortnight to sign on. If people here know Ipswich they will know that it’s not fun being stuck out in some places in the first place.

      I live by the town centre so I can walk just about anywhere easily. Many people walk from further away, but there’s a point – say if you’re stuck in on the real far-flung bits or in a village etc, where that’s a real trek. Of course in a village you’d pay even more in fares….

      Believe me that £3.60 is a lot of money when you only get JSA.

      I, as I’ve posted, had difficulties with getting back on JSA. I could walk to the Dole, and then, to the Borough office that deals with Council Tax Benefit/Housing Benefit, to sort it out – far better than phoning I should add.

      Someone further away just couldn’t afford that.

      And, as Ken says, the prices in Supermarkets are going up all the time. You really notice this when you’re on JSA. You always get the cheapest. Mind you I don’t recommend Sainbury’s Basic sausages or pizzas …..

      Someone I know said that even when you get a job you’ve so much got in the habit of counting every penny that you don’t lose it.

      Andrew Coates

      July 13, 2010 at 9:19 am

    • Only £3.60 mate, you’re lucky, where I am it costs £5.00 to travel in and out of town. Bus fares are beyond astronomical these days.

      Travel Bug

      July 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    • “Someone I know said that even when you get a job you’ve so much got in the habit of counting every penny that you don’t lose it.”

      This is so true, and I can voucher for it 🙂 Being on the JSA for long enough, then achieving a decent income is akin as to what is reported regarding long-term prisoners, you become “institutionalised” into the whole mindset, and that is what it is – a mindset.

      Duncan Bannatyne remarked on this when he said that when his aunt had been living on Sainsburys basic sausage and pizza for goodness knows how long, then she was eventually awarded a War Widow’s Pension. When she died they found that she had thousands of pounds mounting up in her bank account – she didn’t know how to spend it.

      Jimmy Saville also remarked that when you have been poor: “a tenner is always a tenner”.

      Lottery Millionaire

      July 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

      • Well Duncan Bannatyne has a very inconsistent past. Something how he was very poor… and Scottish (something which goes very much hand in hand apparently, although he is still Scottish and now has a quoted wealth of just under a third of a billion pounds – not just a little wealthy lol…)

        Apparently, he couldnt get a job or something and had no money… rather a miracle how he than managed to become rich…

        A £450 ice cream van later… he started to build up a portfolio soon after selling the ice cream business (after expanding to many different vans) for £30k or something – if I recall correctly.

        Read in between the lines and out of the polished past (although he is rather open about some parts of his life) you will find out he had jobs and thats how he saved £450 (much more money back then, than it is today) from switching between numerous jobs.

        You then see he has an excellent sound business mind – prior to success with his logic and today by experience – however, it never was the “I was poor, this is what I did, anyone can do it” approach widely spoken.

        All these famous people in business always have a lot of hidden elements. Lets pick some more of the Dragons…

        * James Caan (not his original name)… I remember seeing the BBC programme about him… he fell out big time with his father and to spite him he changed his name to an actor. Although he claims there were no big dispute. He also claims that he worked in a “shoe-box”… although the room he had in Pall Mall was small, it was far much greater than a shoe box (even for a clown) and probably the size of the average council house bathroom.

        Anymore examples required?

        Flexible New Deal

        July 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

      • Lottery Millionaire is using illustrative examples to make a point, does anyone buy into these “rags to riches” stories?

        (Sir) Richard Branson is another “rags to riches” story, until we discover that he attended Stowe School, Buckinghamshire; one of the most exclusive public schools in England.

        Anyone who knows anything about business will tell you that it is almost impossible to secure capital to expand and grow a business. The only one who is honest in this respect is the non-dom Easyjet guy with the unpronounceable name who at leasts admits “that it is very difficult to set up an airline without a very rich father”.

        It’s like the “google geek” front men who just so happened to secure $billions of “venture capital” to start up a search engine.

        As another example is the Facebook geek now having webcam tete-a-tetes with Dave Cameron on how to slash the welfare bill. If we are to believe these fairy stories, it appears that all you need to become filthy rich is to hide out in your folks basement with a computer and an internet connection.

        If you were to investigate these people’s background you would find that there is more than meets the eye. It’s like that poor girl made rich who lives in Thornbridge Hall who likes to make home-made soup and darns her own socks.

        Age of Austerity

        July 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

  17. “Mind you I don’t recommend Sainbury’s Basic sausages or pizzas”

    Vegetarian cooking is cheaper.


    July 13, 2010 at 9:44 am

  18. Some say that Sainsbury’s Basic Sausages are suitable for vegans, let alone Vegetarians!

    Andrew Coates

    July 13, 2010 at 10:37 am

  19. Looks like Hayley is off to Hollywood – see below – and the series hasn’t even been shown in the UK


    Have you been out of the workforce for a significant amount of time? Have you lost hope at having a career? Is the bad economy weighing down you and your family? Hayley Taylor, career specialist who has successfully helped countless numbers of people on a show of the same name in the UK, is looking to help the perpetually unemployed finally get past their problems and finally obtain and keep a job on this side of the ocean.

    – Unemployed men and women
    – Ages 18 and up
    – Must be a legal US resident and able to work in the US
    – Must have a dynamic personality
    – Men, women, families, couples, etc.

    Funny A4e Photos

    July 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm

  20. Andy, whats with the “Enemies” section? (In particular Indus Delta)

    Flexible New Deal

    July 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    • Changed to Unemployment Bizniz.

      Andrew Coates

      July 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

      • Change it back.


        July 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

      • I agree to change it back!

        The reason why I asked is… Indus Delta seems to be a site focused on promoting and exposing the welfare to work industry to an audience that are part of that industry. Thus, you get the typical watered down shit.

        Flexible New Deal

        July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

  21. I was just listening to the radio and students were complaining that they have to start paying back their student loans when they start earning over 15 grand. Yet if an unemployed person gets a tax credit overpayment from a previous job then they have to pay it back when they start work even on the minimum wage.likewise if a minimum wage worker gets a tax credit overpayment then they still have to repay it out of the minimum wage, Or if an unemployed person is unlucky enough to need a crisis loan then that comes out of their JSA.

    Lowestoft's Finest

    July 15, 2010 at 7:17 am

  22. Just been to the jobcentre and used jobpoints. Seen an advert for ADVISORS at TNG. It Appears from job discription, TNG are prefferd bidder for the WORKFARE PROGRAMME in THIS AREA.

    TNG WORKFARE IPSWICH Is this now something we should worry about ?

    Ipswich Job Seeker

    July 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    • I saw one the other day for Flexible New Deal… it said preferred bidder although they already have the contract… dumb twats.

      (Maybe I am asking too much of an organisation that a) couldnt spell success in the first instance, b) couldnt use a spell checker, dictionary or proof reader to ensure whether it was a correct spelling or not and c) had the mispelling up for many months where no one battered an eye lid until I exposed it!)

      Flexible New Deal

      July 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

  23. May I just point out how tasty Waitrose Essentials cheese is?


    July 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    • You may.

      But Ipswich has no Waitrose and despite plans to build one (on the site of the old Council Offices) does not look likely to get one in the foreseable future.

      I went into one once in London.

      My, aren’t I daring!

      Andrew Coates

      July 16, 2010 at 10:39 am

      • If No Waitrose, Then It ‘Asda’ Be Another Supermarket Then.

        My Turn For The Pun Flexi

        Wallace And Gromitt

        July 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

  24. That haley women is one nasty piece of work saw the 2 the fairy job mother,i left a few comments on facebook and got shot down in flames from her family, all unemployed people want is support not reduced to tears which you do when your money runs out and the bailiffs are knocking at the door, you can loose your job at any time, no one has a magic wand, oh sorry haley has to hit all the unemployed with, get real channel 4 and help people not patronise.


    July 24, 2010 at 12:17 am

  25. yes this women is terrible – going around and getting peolpe jobs – where will it end, I ask You?, the people of Britain, where will it end????


    July 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

    • Hey buddy, you got a problem?


      July 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

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