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Ian Duncan Smith Praises Benefit Street, Says Fall in Unemployment Shows His Reforms Work.

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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!

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  1. Here is another angle on why the unemployment figures have fallen:

    http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/abuse-of-sanctions-causes-huge-drop-in-unemployment-claims/

    Tobanem

    January 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

    • Article quotes some useful and interesting information that even I didn’t know (if it is indeed true)…

      “You apply for three jobs one week and three jobs the following Sunday and Monday. Because the job centre week starts on a Tuesday it treats this as applying for six jobs in one week and none the following week. You are sanctioned for 13 weeks for failing to apply for three jobs each week.”

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      • I would appreciate if anyone could confirm this or whether the “job centre week” is aligned to whatever your signing on day is.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  2. “Police chiefs say water cannon are needed because ‘austerity measures are likely to lead to continued protest’”

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/22/police-home-secretary-approve-use-water-cannon-austerity-protest

    Annos

    January 23, 2014 at 11:11 am

    • They ruled it out for riots… why would they want to use them for peaceful protests?!

      I have to say despite not endorsing or promoting violence, criminal damage or any other criminality, I would love to see the irony if someone managed to set fire to one of the water cannons. LOL

      More to the point, however, where have they got the intelligence about austerity protests?

      What further cuts have they planned to bring in before and (if they win) after the general election?

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 23, 2014 at 11:58 am

    • Are people waking up?

      I think the state is worried about its going to explode!

      I think half of the worries is regarding Scottish Independence, if Scotland were to get independence it could result in a lawless state, of widespread riots, loitering and crime. They will simple change “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” to “United Kingdom of England & Wales and Northern Ireland” (or something similar).

      Its only words at the end of the day and depends whether people accept it or not. Its over 300 years old the union – some people think it can easily be separated by a few words (after all Scotland has its own legal system and laws) whereas others say it would completely invalidate everything, whereas not only Scotland would become independent.

      Parliament would have to be dissolved in the first instance. The queen could be killed without hindrance as the Crown element becomes irrelevant. The issue relates to how its a sovereign state rather than federated state. They are also concerned over Wales trying to do something similar.

      The Government seems to be overly concerned and anxious of trouble, especially with further cuts they want to bring forward.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    • Has no one heard of st elmos fire or witnessed what happens when you pour water on hot fat in a frying pan ?

      Theirs always a way to skin a cat, it just takes common sense and a good strategy as everything has a weakness.

      gaia

      January 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

  3. I have watched Benefits Street for the last three weeks, and would like to throw a challenge to Iain Duncan-Smith: Instruct the local Job Centre to find jobs for all the people on that street (who are capable of working), that they are capable of doing, and that will pay the same in wages as they receive in benefits (all benefits). Then introduce a law requiring companies to take these people on. If you can’t/won’t do it, please explain why.

    Blackpool Lad

    January 23, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    • A great challenge.

      We both (all..) know it wont happen.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      • Exactly: they never actually offer you real jobs at all.

        Andrew Coates

        January 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      • Thought: In Episode 3, the woman’s partner Mark finally gets a job.
        But if you watch, it’s not much of a proper job at all.
        He presumably had to buy the suit, hundreds of pounds, (and dozens to maintain it), pay the registration fee and insurance those places charge, and pay for all his travel. Then he had to walk all day from door to door, asking at front doors of random people (broke/unemployed, sacked, redundant, underemployed, retired, sick, on benefits themselves and/or in debt, struggling…). Surprise surprise, people had nothing to give him, or didn’t want to donate. He only got paid if they did, so he did all that work and got nothing.
        But unless he told the jobcentre he wasn’t working (= benefit fraud), he’d get his benefits stopped for working, even though he’d not got a penny from his ‘McJob’. Drafting in corporate or workfare randoms, as recruiters and fundraisers for actual charities, will not endear anyone (even those with money) to those charities they may have formerly supported. It does the charity’s image no good. People want fundraisers to know about and work for and care about the charity they are raising money for. Those people tend to be unpaid volunteers; precisely the group of people who now get kicked off doing anything they volunteer for/are good at/enjoy.
        Some of the current internship and workfare chuggers now on the high street, manage to be disrespectful of the people and causes they are supposed to be raising money for. And there is even less done to stop the active chugging and guilt
        tripping of people; as chuggers get ever more desperate to sign anyone up in an area full of unemployment (and people too busy who worry they’ll lose their jobs). The chuggers, you can tell, are reading from a script.

        Interestingly nothing was done/considered about the safety of the coldcallers (eg dog attacks, beatings, being dragged into somebody’s house or robbed); or screening them for their suitability (drunks and drug addicts and criminals doing this job, contacting vulnerable people they may have previously burgled, getting their bank and personal details, going into their homes…); or running DBS checks because of work involving vulnerable adults. The safety and privacy of recipients of coldcallers was not thought of at all. For example the often older people who feel pressurised into letting strangers in, or signing away their money when they need it to live on.

        Most jobs in our jobcentre pustule centre, for the last month,
        have fallen into the category of ‘not a proper job’. Most were also zero-hour contracts. Creation of nonjobs, combined with throwing masses of people off their benefits, is behind the day’s headline about unemployment ‘falling’. The blatant lie is only to be expected from IDS.

        IDS says unemployment is down? Well if we take the same approach to truth as Osborne and IDS do, one could infer that: last weekend, IDS was seen on the high altar at Westminster Abbey, having sex with a decomposing dead badger.

        something survived...

        January 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

  4. “Work Experience” 1820s style:

    http://socialist-courier.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/radicals-road-in-1820.html?q=Radical%27s+Road

    I wonder if there will be another uprising?

    Tobanem

    January 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  5. oh common folks. it’s not like you expect him to tell the truth ‘hey, Im a f***wit and nothing I do works’ is it.

    When things go right politicians it is their doing and they take the credit, when things go wrong they blame some one else

    growls

    January 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    • If he really wants to emulate his heroes in the Nazi party, IDS should commit suicide.

      something survived...

      January 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  6. I despair, yet another timewasting prospective employer has let me down at the last minute and all the many other jobs I’m applying for are not bearing fruit but I keep on hoping.

    I have an interview with a workfare provider on Monday and I am frankly frightened especially as the JCP advisor I saw last Monday told me “you will be be signing on downstairs in future between 9.30 & 8.30 and if we decide to stop your money you’ll be informed that afternoon!” That is as near a quote as I can remember. It shows an almost arbituary intention to sanction people.

    I also worry that the voluntary work I have set up with a local charity that runs clubs for special needs children and which is related to my career and skills will be scrapped. for some useless mandatory work.
    experience.I amm 61 and have another 2 years before this evil government gives me back the pension they have stolen. and if my money was stopped I would be destitute.

    Carol Joyce

    January 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    • Carol Joyce:

      Don’t wait till monday, go to the jobcentre tell them what you’re adviser has said (and quote his/her name) and tell them you need to speak to a manager about this to clarify what the adviser mean’t by it – don’t be fobbed off – insist on speaking to a manager.

      I think the adviser will be in for a bad day after that.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      January 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    • Exactly the kind of thing I was trying to summarise Carol.

      We are writing a motion for various bodies (unions, People’s Assembly) that will try to draw on these real experiences rather than reflect the ideas of a particular political group.

      Obviously more than motions are needed but it could help!

      Andrew Coates

      January 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      • If anyone has a bowel motion, feel free to lob it at Osborne and IDS.

        something survived...

        January 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

  7. IDS prattling on about welfare ghettos brings to mind the lyrics of Ghetto Child by the Detroit Spinners.

    Life, indeed, ain’t so easy when you’re a ghetto child; especially when that piece of human excrement, Iain Duncan Smith, is now comparing his all out assault on the poor to the struggle to end slavery!

    Jeez, you can almost hear the flapping of white coats everytime this deluded oaf surfaces to spew out more of his venomous bile against claimants.

    Trevor

    January 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  8. Wouldn’t suprise me if IDS was behind the commissioning for the mini series Benefits Street and paid for it out of ‘Taxpayers’ money.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    • You got there first – I was about to say that.
      Even Fungi could run the country better…

      something survived...

      January 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      • I need to catch up and watch the show, as I have no idea what everyone is referring to.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

  9. Here’s one of the best comments I’ve ever seen by a guy called James Sneddon on Facebook aimed right at the DWP.

    Why are my taxes subsidising companies who should be training workers?

    https://www.facebook.com/DWP

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

  10. Department for Work and Pensions – DWP.

    People who are have their benefits sanctioned for a period of time remain on the claimant count unless they choose to end their claim.

    https://www.facebook.com/DWP

    So the DWP are admitting they fiddle the unemployment figures.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    • What they really mean:
      “People who are on benefits will have their benefits sanctioned indefinitely, for the crime of being on benefits. While sanctioned they will still be required to sign on, look for work, attend the Jobcentre and Work Programme, and participate in Workfare. Their existence will count as a statistic when we want it to. They will exist as an unemployment statistic when we want to say how horrible it is that these scroungers are allowed benefits. They will not exist as any form of statistic, when we are saying how wonderful we are at cutting unemployment and creating jobs; apart from when we use them to cite successes of the welfare clampdown, and say that they are no longer unemployed. People who are sanctioned or on benefits, are not technically people, and will remain on sanctions or on benefits until they choose to end their lives.”

      something survived...

      January 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

  11. I have by the way a housemate who makes Fungi (on Benefits Street) look like Dynamic Businessman of the Year.
    Because on a few rare occasions Fungi appears to be briefly sober.

    something survived...

    January 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  12. This man is a deluded bigot on a mission.

    ghost whistler

    January 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  13. Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

  14. Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

  15. Tuesday 1 January 2013 – an oldie but goodie from Matthew Norman of the Independent.

    This reinvention of IDS, sacked by his party in 2003 on the twin grounds of being preternaturally incompetent and sensationally dim, is one of the wonders of the political age.

    Shortly after he beat Ken Clarke for the leadership, I met a man almost literally scratching his head in disbelief. “I used to run into him from time to time at Sloaney country house weekends,” he bemusedly muttered. “Nice enough chap, but the thickest ex-Guardsman I ever met. And that’s saying something.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/idss-rebirth-is-one-of-the-wonders-of-the-age-8434586.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

    • “the thickest ex-Guardsman I ever met.”

      Truly that is saying something!

      Andrew Coates

      January 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

      • … as thick as shit in the neck of a bottle 🙂

        Tamsin

        January 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

  16. The reason james turner street has got into the state its in,the answer is at the beginning with the west indian man’s comments,margret thatcher’s britain is behind the decline.

    crime is committed by all classes in society,if this was a load of hooray henrys’ it wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow,the fact it shows people on benefits its uproar frontline news. alienating people on benefits through propaganda causes little public backlash against those who have suffered.their the culprits not the government

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-compares-being-on-benefits-to-slavery-and-suggests-he-is-acting-in-tradition-of-abolitionist-9080982.html

    ken

    January 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

  17. Anyone seen my gaia?

    gaia's old nan

    January 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    • Yeh! – Me and Gaia were gonna going on a benefits paid nooky session to Hawaii for a week until IDS cut our benefits, we opted for blackpool instead.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      January 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      • I hope you’re going to do the right thing by her; get wed I mean. Gaia Wan kenobi! I like the sound of that. I’ll speak to the Vicar tomorrow, and we’ll have the bands read out on Sunday. Obi, you’re a properly brought up young man to be sure. Perhaps that nice Mr Coates will be your best man?

        gaia's old nan

        January 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm

  18. Bags are packed Obi, lets blow this popsicle stand shall we and oh, before I forget, nan, make sure my room and clothes are clean for when I get back, I’d hate to have to backhand you again for being feckless and while im at it, stay away from the little kids outside, the neighbours and police have already warned you about your inappropriate behaviour.

    gaia

    January 25, 2014 at 8:42 am

    • Touche, gaia, touche! And enjoy your holiday.

      gaia's old nan

      January 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

      • Toucie mate,hardly hence the phrase I gave you a bit back

        ITS JUST LIQUID ON A SCREEN, WHAT YOU GONNA DO

        Which basically means you or I can type whatever we like as at the end of the day its just virtual, its not real and I don’t care what I write as im sure you don’t either and anyway, nan, how did you get I.T literate all of a sudden, your be asking to borrow my xbox next.

        gaia

        January 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  19. “This is absolutely not about saving money or punishing people,” the [DWP] spokesman says. “Our role is to help people into work.”

    Utter bollocks.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24829866

    JBS

    January 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

  20. I touted recently that technology is stealing jobs, well Ed Balls put his foot into it during todays speech and ratified my very point. He bangs on about technology, stating how people need higher education as technology replaces non to semi skilled positions globally.

    Can you imagine labour or the tories allowing the unemployed and working class timeout to study degrees or at minimum BTEC Diplomas, now employers nolonger rate NVQs as any meaningful marker of competency?

    DO YOU STILL NOT WANT TO SEE TECHNOLGY REGULATED IN THE WORKPLACE?

    gaia

    January 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

  21. Bloging from our penthouse overlooking the condom ridden Irish Sea and beach in Blackpool, (

    which means the top floor of a crappy boarding house with a great view of the base of Blackpool tower and beyond).

    To agree with my incredibly gorgeous Gaia – this government just want to pay for courses on side, they want the experience of full qualifications but are only prepaired to pay for a quarter or less of what is actually needed, and then send the people for job’s, making out they are fully qualified.

    This is what this unelected goverment are all about – do it on the cheap – this is why they now let school pupils use calculators in standard math’s classes.

    When me and my babe were at school we had our brains, a pencil and paper, and we got it right.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    • PENCIL AND PAPER EH ? WHAT ABOUT THE RUBBERS

      PHILIP

      January 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

  22. Here’s a serious question:

    How the hell can you be awared a City and Guilds full qualification certificate in 3 three weeks doing half a day for 3 weeks college courses? – well I wouldn’t even call it a half day for 3 weeks – it was more like start at 10am finish at 11:30am.

    Answer:

    Do the Jobcentre’s Work Skills Course – 3 Weeks and you that City and Guilds Certificate.

    I did mine over 4 months ago and have still not my certificate – any wonder!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  23. I ALSO THINK IT MAYBE YOUR SIGNING DAY AS I WAS TOLD THAT THE ASE FORM I AM GIVEN WAS TO BE DATED WEDNESDAY TO MONDAY COVERING TWO WEEKS. I SIGN ON TUESDAYS.

    PHILIP

    January 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

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  26. Distorted meaningless figures to suit the government and bias media corporate thiefs and multi million tax avoiders austerity measures andpropoganda mean death and hardship for the targeted thatcriteria of non profit making people reffered to as stock.Toryism and the targeted genocide
    Of vulnerable British citizens is a known
    Proven and enditable fact.as time will prove.

    fered to as stock by the
    Henious genocide practitioner smith.
    Dont expect true figures from this so called government thousands have died

    frank moynagh

    January 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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    Please link us

    Nathan Ross

    January 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm

  28. 30 January 2014

    “Boris Johnson tells police to ‘get medieval’ on rioters”

    http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2014/01/30/boris-johnson-tells-police-to-get-medieval-on-rioters

    Annos

    January 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm


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