Ian Duncan Smith Praises Benefit Street, Says Fall in Unemployment Shows His Reforms Work.
Britain’s jobless rate fell sharply to 7.1% in the three months to November from 7.4%. It was a far bigger drop than economists were expecting, with most forecasting a modest fall to 7.3%.
Johnny Void comments,
No matter how much DWP Ministers try to spin the figures there is still a desperate shortage of jobs.
It is simply not known how much of this month’s fall in unemployment is down to zero hours contracts, or how many of the 4.36 million people now working self-employed are dependent on Working Tax Credits and not making any real money.
Although this month shows a welcome drop in the use of workfare, this also distorts the true picture of the labour market. Unpaid workers on Jobcentre schemes are conveniently disappeared from the official tally of the unemployed. Benefit sanctions, which have risen sharply, can also lead people to abandon benefit claims and drop out of the figures – often to disappear into the black market or become dependent on the charity of friends, families and foodbanks. No-one is counting how many people are now living like this.
Whatever the true rate of unemployment one thing is certain. There are currently 2.32 million officially unemployed people and just 569,000 vacancies. Even if all those vacancies are filled by someone unemployed tomorrow, there will still be approaching two million unemployed people.
Meawnwhile Ian Duncan Smith says this,
Middle-class Britain has been shocked by the hidden reality of welfare ghettos revealed by TV programmes such as Benefits Street, Iain Duncan Smith is expected to say as he welcomes a Bank of England report claiming that his welfare-to-work reforms are bearing fruit.
In a speech on Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Centre for Social Justice thinktank, the work and pensions secretary is due to say: “With income inequality under Labour the worst for a generation, whilst the middle-class majority were aware of the problems in poor communities, they remained largely unaware of the true nature of life on some of our estates.
“We let these problems be ghettoised as though they were a different country. Even now, for the most part they remain out of sight – meaning people are shocked when they are confronted with a TV programme such as Benefits Street.”
In fact the Liberal-Conservative Coalition has helped create these “ghettos” and its ‘reforms’ will create massive problems in sustaining a drop in unemployment.
- They are based on the “nudge” theory. That is that people must be pushed into looking for work. This means making their lives on benefits so unpleasant that they will do anything to get off them
- In this way the Government has created a whole group people trapped in debt, fearful, and unhappy.
- They have enriched the “unemployment business”. These have made helping finding a job a profession. The experience of these “courses” (from the Work programme’s providers onwards) marks people. The government has reduced access to courses giving genuine qualifications and emphasises beauty competitions for employers rather than skills.
- By suspensions and low benefits they have fueled huge increase in the numbers reliant on charity – food banks.
- The Bedroom Tax has made people insecure in their own homes and has added to the numbers of those barely able to afford the minimum requirement of normal life.
Ian Duncan Smith continues,
“The reality is that our welfare system has become distorted, no longer the safety net it was intended to be. Too often it is an entrapment – as it has been for a million people left on incapacity benefits for a decade or more, or the more than 4 million abandoned on out-of-work benefits even before the recession.”
This is a world, ” where gangs were prevalent, debt and drugs the norm … families broken down … those living there had one thing in common: they were for the most part dependent on the state for their daily needs.
The reality is that Ian Duncan Smith has cut away the safety net, created a system of dependency on the arbitrary provision of Charity, broken up families, encouraged criminality, and helped form a whole generation cut off from mainstream society.
He should be ashamed to even appear in public, let alone lecture us on the ‘success’ of his destructive activities.
Meanwhile, it’s like fucking Narnia in the DWP!