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Ipswich Unemployment Drops by 55, MP Gummer Praises Work Programme.

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Unemployment had ‘dropped’ we are told.

In Ipswich “the count fell by 56 to 4,495 and the rate by 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.3%”

Ipswich MP, the Conservative Ben Gummer says,

“I do not want to get over-excited about this: there are four and a half thousand personal tragedies contained in these figures. But I hope, through the Government’s massive Work Programme, that one by one we will begin to turn those tragedies into personal successes.”


It is widely reported that most of the new jobs are part-time, and many people who have them can expect to be hit by cuts in Working Tax Credits.

The Guardian notes (Here)

Almost a million people will have been out of work for more than a year by the end of 2012, according to research.

The IPPR thinktank said another 107,000 people will join the ranks of the long-term unemployed in the coming months, taking the total to its highest level since 1995.

The report, published ahead of new unemployment figures on Wednesday, said long-term unemployment was the “hidden crisis” facing the UK economy.

No doubt Benedict Gummer will be happy that so many people look likely to do forced unpaid labour, when one part of the government’s unemployment strategy kicks in. That is people who failed to find work despite “intensive” mentoring for two years will be made to do 30 hours of community service a week for 26 weeks a year.


Written by Andrew Coates

April 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

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  1. Criminals given community punishment are treat with more respect !!!!!


    April 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    • Too right, Tracey… passed a group of council “workers” today… they were all stood around laughing whilst the mandatory workfare slaves were shovelling up leaves and dirt with their HANDS!

      Ipswich Resident

      April 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  2. people who failed to find work despite “intensive” mentoring for two years will be made to do 30 hours of community service a week for 26 weeks.

    cant wait to tell the jcp my provider has done nothing in 2 years and have not even been there for 2 years and i got to do 30hrs work for free.

    they nicked the money i have to work for free lol aint going to happen

    super ted

    April 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  3. blooms garden centre is now asking for slaves to work 12 months and you get a 500 quid bonus and allowed to apply for a job then told to fuck off as they want free slaves.


    super ted

    April 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm

  4. wages determined by the apprenticeship minimum wage relevant to your age.

    so what’s that for someone over 24 then?

    super ted

    April 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm


    Unemployment has fallen by 12,000 in Scotland, but there are 5,000 more women on the dole.

    Meanwhile, 900 more people are claiming Jobseekers Allowance this month, and the current rate of Scottish unemployment is 4,000 higher than it was a year ago!

    The First Minister cheerfully announces: “Scotland now has lower unemployment, higher employment, and lower economic inactivity than the UK as a whole”.

    Make of these figures and the political doublespeak what you will. This is no time for celebration.


    April 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

  6. Our old friends A4E have been operating in the Suffolk prison Blundeston. According to today’s Morning Star (in library, link doesn’t work), in 2011 Inspectors from Ofstead looked at A4E education for the inmates.

    “They marked education at this category ‘C’ jail in Suffolk ‘inadequate’. Disorganised and weak. A4E notably fell down because ‘no staff from education of vocational programmes are trained in supporting learners with specific learning disabilities or addional learning needs’. The firm failed to work properly with the neediest. Strikingly, the supposedly business-friendly firm also had ‘too few links with local employers”.

    Solomon Hughes also outlines new Labour links with A4E, not only David Blunkett, but also with Hazel Blears, Tessa Jowell and Kitty Ussher who put out a pamphlet called Labour’s Business. One contribution came from A4E’s ‘public affairs’ manager Samantha Windett. The firm “was so excited about her involvement that they publicised it on the A4E company website, posting thabout a ‘snappy pamphlet outlining a clears et of measures the Labour Party needs to adopt if it is to start taking enterprise seriously.”

    Andrew Coates

    April 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

  7. ANOTHER person has been arrested in connection with a police investigation into fraud allegations at Slough’s welfare-to-work A4e branch.

    A 33-year-old man was arrested from an address in Milton Keynes on Friday morning.

    Four people arrested in January, two men aged 35 and 41, and two women aged 28 and 49, plus a 35-year-old woman arrested in March, have also been released on bail until various dates in May and June.

    Police visited the firm’s offices in High Street, Slough, in February after allegations referred to the force by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    The investigation is ongoing.


    super ted

    April 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  8. Please remember that if you send me a comment which is critical of the welfare-to-work industry, I can’t publish it. It may be true, but unless I can back it up, it’s libellous.

    Andew Coates

    April 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

  9. A business advice charity set up, chaired and bankrolled by the millionaire welfare entrepreneur has been caught up in the uncertainty surrounding the future of A4e.


    I think it is significant that Richmond (a Conservative council), withdrew during the cooling off period AFTER having awarded the contract. It makes me think someone from Conservative Central Office had a quiet word with them and told them A4E were going to lose their contract – particularly in view of the recent arrest.


    April 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    • Just looked at this Guardian link; Patrick posted it at 15.11PM, and the comments are already closed!! I think someone has applied a bit of pressure somewhere..


      April 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  10. Just did a search on the direct.gov website for jobs working as an ecologist anywhere in the UK. 55 of the 60 jobs (around 95% of the search results) were for ‘Charity Field Advisor’ positions offered by Morgan Thomas recruitment working for ‘a well-known UK charity’. Yet on the Morgan Thomas website under current jobs they only have two jobs and neither are for ‘Charity Field Advisors’. This is just one example of how the official number of vacancies in the UK economy is inflated by bogus jobs. This is done so politicians can claim their are thousands of vacancies and the unemployed aren’t trying hard enough. I wish a journalist or serious blogger would investigate this scandal because I am fed up of applying for jobs that aren’t real and my CV details being harvested by unscrupulous businesses.

    Darkest Hour

    April 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    • Darkest Hour – have you yet to find the light???

      Kind Regards

      A client


      August 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      • Nick – Are you a morgan thomas recruitment client? Any feedback about this compnay?


        September 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

  11. Darkest Hour, you could try contacting Channel 4 with this information, I think their FactCheck blog might be useful:
    You can email them at factcheck@channel4.com

    They are doing a Jobs Report feature:

    Might also be worth emailing Polly Toynbee at the Guardian.

    Good luck. I want to describe this “government” in words that would get me moderated, but I’m sure you can use your imagination.


    April 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    • Sorry Findlow if your post didn’t appear immediately: it was the block against more than two links.

      Which I will now try to change!

      Andrew Coates

      April 26, 2012 at 8:44 am


    DWP Insider Hereford

    April 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm



    August 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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