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A Million Unemployed with no Welfare.

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A million unemployed people receiving no government help into work, councils warn

More than a million unemployed people are falling through cracks in national work schemes that are failing to reach some of the most vulnerable jobseekers, councils warn today.

Latest employment figures released in December show that the number of unemployed people not claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has passed one million for the first time.

This means many of the hardest-to-reach jobseekers, such as young people or those with complex needs, are not receiving any government help into work with national schemes too focused on getting people off benefits rather than helping them into a job.

The challenge is growing rapidly, with a 28 per cent increase in the proportion of unemployed people not claiming benefits in the last 18 months.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said councils are being left to pick up the pieces to prevent more vulnerable people slipping further into long-term unemployment and disengagement.

I am not so sure about this,

Councils are warning that they cannot afford to continue resolving the failings of these national schemes in their communities without the appropriate funding. The LGA is calling for the next government to commit to devolving all nationally-run, education, skills and employment schemes to local areas so councils can join-up services to support their most vulnerable residents.

A report published today by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), commissioned by the LGA, explores in detail how a sample of councils across the country have provided a safety net for their most vulnerable and hardest to reach residents.

Working with employers, charities and voluntary groups, schools, colleges and housing associations, local schemes have provided one-to-one mentoring, training, work placements and apprenticeships. Specialist advice and guidance also supported people’s wider needs such as housing and childcare, critical to helping people get a job and keep it.

The schemes have had success with helping some of the hardest to reach residents into work, such as lone parents, ex-offenders and disabled people which has contributed to reductions in the number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), lower re-offending rates and less use of health and social services which helps save millions of pounds from the public purse.

The reason I am not sure is that I note that Indus Delta, the mouthpiece of the ‘Welfare to Work’ industry seems keen to highlight the report.

No doubt out of the pure disinterestedness of the business.


Written by Andrew Coates

January 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

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  1. By 2006 the group based at the Australian National University was producing data showing that a bad job was just as bad for a person’s health as no job at all. In a study of almost 2500 middle aged Australians, the researchers found that health outcomes among the unemployed—including rates of depression and poor physical health—were worse than among employees. Yet when the unemployed were compared with people in the worst jobs—jobs with low autonomy, high strain, and insecurity—health outcomes were similar. 4 The team concluded, “Paid work confers health benefits, but poor quality jobs which combine several psychosocial stressors could be as bad for health as being unemployed. Thus, workplace and industrial relations policies that diminish worker autonomy and security may generate short-term economic gains, but place longer-term burdens on the health of employees and the health-care system.”

    By 2011, results from a longitudinal study of over 7000 people were being reported, enabling assessment of the effects of moving in and out of jobs of high or low quality.5 Poor jobs were defined by a suite of characteristics including high demands, low control, unfair pay, and insecurity. The results showed that when people moved from unemployment to a good job there were beneficial effects on their health, but that moving from unemployment to poor jobs was actually detrimental on some health measures. “We find that jobs with poor psychosocial attributes are no better,” wrote the team, “and may have even more adverse effects on mental health, than unemployment.”



    January 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  2. Good to see that c*** Osborne getting pulled up on BBC News 24 over his ‘election bribe’ pensioner bonds: “we haven’t seen the same ‘tough choices’ taken over pensioner benefits”, “austerity appears to stop at 65”, “anyone would think an election was only 4 months away”, “all the chancellor is doing is putting more on the ‘credit card’ for future generations to pay off”, “we have a pension ‘triple lock of 2.5% above inflation when inflation is falling”,purely politics”, “c***t”….


    January 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    • … and “a give-away to cash-rich pensioners”… fucking c***


      January 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      • I heard that at lunchtime on Radio 4 and thought exactly the same Aggy!

        Andrew Coates

        January 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm

  3. “People who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks; they’ve got least to lose”



    January 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

  4. In April, the most radical change to the pensions industry in a generation will be introduced, giving over-55s full discretion over how to spend their private pensions. It will also mean no one has to buy an annuity – which many have previously felt was the only option open to them.
    As part of this new wave of rule changes, a lower cap is being placed on the amount that those who already have access to their pensions can save into their retirement funds and still get tax relief at their marginal rate (20pc for a basic-rate taxpayer and 40pc for a higher-rate taxpayer). The Government has made this decision to stop people abusing tax relief on pensions by “recycling” money just to attract the relief.

    So, the Government has decided that on April 6 this limit will shrink from £40,000 a year to £10,000, cutting the amount retired and semi-retired people can save into pensions by three quarters. People can continue to save above these limits into pensions, but they won’t receive tax relief on the money.



    January 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

  5. Ed Miliband said people would be “choking on their cornflakes” after David Cameron urged firms to use windfalls from cheaper oil to fund pay rises.
    Speaking on Friday during his visit to the US, Mr Cameron told reporters at the White House that he wanted “companies’ success passed through in terms of wage increases”.

    He also urged employers to pay the “living wage”, which is higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50 an hour.

    “They have rubbished the idea that people are worse off. Even this week, George Osborne was saying we were set under him to be ‘the richest country in the world’, and that his economic victory is complete.

    “But we wake up this morning to hear that the prime minister thinks ‘Britain needs a pay rise’.



    January 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm

  6. “If all the unemployed die, they can not be exploited”, = slave labour.


    January 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

  7. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    January 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  8. Graduate wages are being ruthlessly undercut by the growth of internships, a campaign group has claimed, as it emerged that one recruitment company is offering firms the chance to employ interns to fill permanent roles at “half the cost of employing people through traditional means”.

    Placement UK advertises to companies that it can offer them interns to work for as little as £6,000 a year compared with the £12,875 wage of someone employed full time on the national minimum wage.

    The company even offers a rolling programme so that, as an undergraduate nears the end of a placement, which can last up to a year, a successor is appointed and the outgoing student is able to train his replacement “for maximum continuity and performance, with minimal disruption or management input”.



    January 17, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    • Interesting insight by The Guardian… but really, this practice has been going on for years, even decades.

      Most businesses prefer to hire an apprentice so they can learn how the business wants the work done, rather than a uni graduate who needs to be trained all over again and expects a premium in return for the extra paper they obtained.

      I don’t agree with the practice, however, there is some wrong assumption that graduates are work-ready and can just walk into a job because of their recently obtained qualifications… in fact, they need a lot of training and shaping to fit the needs and objectives of the business. Some employers will even go as far to say that the educational system doesn’t provide a realistic expectation of industry requirements and even as far that universities generally “develop” students into presenting bad habits that employers may not even be able to remove or reverse.

      This said everyone is entitled to the minimum wage, reputable businesses are going to offer graduates a position at minimum wage for the first year and increase there after based on performance. Sadly, the Government is persuading businesses against this, and its really sad to see.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      • Some would say, why anyone would go to college then Uni, receive some qualification’s, get into debt, only to find paid employment and receiving only £6.000 a year. it sure is sad, especially for all those who are experiencing it.

        As I have said to people, (who think that they should not receive the minimum wage but a lot more) it doesn’t matter what job you had before, what experience you have or how many qualifications to your name.


        January 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      • While I agree with a lot of what you have said in your post above universal jobmatch, you cannot compare a college education to a university one.

        The work involved is by far more demanding and technical even than the work their working towards let alone college.

        This said though I whole heartily support the assertion that you cant just base salary on that one aspect especially as you outlined yourself how unprepared they are to enter the work place if an internship isn’t made available during study.

        You and others might well slate me but professional work isn’t for many but those that can do deserve a wage that is higher (not by much than nat min) when we consider starting at the bottom as so to speak, lacking experience.

        I know this appears to enter the class distinction topic but I assure you im only implying scale.


        January 18, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      • I also think that those who spend a few years in college or uni should be paid more than the min wage, that is the whole point of going to college and or uni, (it was years ago) if not, what is the point. (these days).


        January 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      • I mean, why should one get into debt of thousands. to be paid a low wage.


        January 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      • gaia: Not comparing any level of education from high school to university (via college).

        What do you mean by “professional work” and where does that have a binding here? I appreciate how stupid that question sounds lol but where do you personally categorise professional employment as opposed to manual labour etc?

        I don’t think its necessary a “class” issue.

        enigma, we do not live in a merit system. Although I think its a sad state of affairs that Labour forced young people in particular to exhaust the educational system to delay their entrance into the labour market to buy time – a really awful thing to do raising aspirations and most ended up on the unemployment scrap heap none the less – your educational level shouldn’t dictate the minimum wage IMO.

        The problem with those staying in on education without very much work experience is they avoided the chance of getting on the ladder at the reduced NMW rates. So when they left uni or college with useless qualifications such as…

        – Art / Music
        – History/Ancient History
        – Sport Science/Physical Education
        – Religious Education
        – Geography
        – English / English Literature
        – Media Studies / Film Studies
        – French (etc)
        – Criminology
        – Psychology / Sociology

        … they are generally snubbed for cheaper staff and with workfare and ‘bogus’ apprenticeships this is becoming a growing issue.

        Then with your newly gained qualification – when you still have much of that knowledge in your brain – you become disenfranchised and discouraged from the labour market when that unplanned mandatory 3-5 year stint of work in a completely unrelated job to your qualification. Of course, many risk actually being made to work for an employer absolutely free via the dole.

        Most of the qualifications subjects listed above aren’t completely bad. Like English and French can have a very wide ranging application, but employers would prefer, for instance, a fluent French language speaker – as their primary language (mother tongue) – who has lived there for various years to pick up the culture than someone with such a degree who spent a year in a French-speaking country studying.

        That said many like Art and History have very little real-world application. Within 5 years most of these graduates are likely to begin a career path in a completely different unrelated area and never go back to it.

        I wont touch on the completely silly degrees you get these days such as Harry Potter studies, Football Culture/David Beckham studies, and Robin Hood studies to name a few!

        I agree with you to an extent – I don’t think you should get a different minimum wage based on if you have a diploma or degree (etc) – however maybe there is scope to enforce someone with those qualifications in a relevant role to have the right to a living wage. Although, I think this will persuade half of all employers that currently take on graduates to decide to take on apprenticeships instead.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 18, 2015 at 10:40 pm

  9. Welcome to The Conservative Party. We ‘Will’ expertly pull the wool over your eyes via our spin doctors, lie our assess off and basically fuck every taxpayer over in the UK over to achieve our objectives and further ‘WE DON’T CARE’.

    We only care about making money at the voters expense, and looking after our mates ‘The Private Sector’, Millionaires and Billionaires.

    As for the rest of you, work or support our Private Providers, because when you do that, we will either tax the hell out of you or by going on one of our scam schemes for people out of work, we will still make our mates a shit load of money, paid for by the taxpayers fronted by companies such as A4E, Ingeus, Serco, Interserve, G4S and all the others, delivered at cost to you by the DWP. – (Sorry if I missed any other wanker firm!)

    N.B. – Iain Duncan Smith is throwing your hard earned cash (or taxes) around like confetti, as if it was his own money to do with as he wishes, £700 Million wasted on an idea that still hasn’t been signed off by the treasury but is being rolled out anyway. – It’s called Universal Credit.

    I believe this summary say’s everything anyone needs to know about how the Tory Party works.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    • If that’s not enough for you, ‘Remember This’.

      And also:

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      January 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      • How could we forget? Never will forget!

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      • What amazed me most about the first picture you posted was that if I said such a thing here to day on this site, I would be inundated with the largest grasp followed by I suspect pitchforks and an ensuing bonfire yet his declaration received no such attention their or even in the media.

        Its not the words, its the sentiment at which he delivers his cringe worthy lack of compassion which im sorry, truly reflects that no centralised government has their feet on the ground and never will.

        This as such proves no one size fits all approach can really appreciate and act on behalf of 64 plus million citizens and so should revert to a more controllable size which in my opinion can only be localised, so find we the public must demand ,nay insist on abandoning centralisation except in cases of war, and by war I don’t mean terrorism.


        January 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm

  10. Leave the country this government has shit on its own people working poor slave trade england is back. ie short term, low paid, work soon we will be colonised and english people sold out of there own country. Hurry up ukip win this election.

    Tony Montana

    January 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  11. News about benefits, pensions and DWP services for people who work with or advise our customers – January 2015



    January 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

  12. List of the local authorities and jobcentres that will begin to deliver Universal Credit between February and April 2015.



    January 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  13. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    January 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm

  14. An optimistic expectation of an £800 a week State Pension is an example of why teenagers soon to enter the world of work need a wake-up call about the importance of saving for old age.



    January 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  15. Verizon began tracking its retail customers — those not on government or business contracts — with this super cookie in November 2012. Customers can opt out of having their demographic data shared with Verizon’s advertising partners, but they cannot opt out of having the super cookie attached to their Web traffic. Turn’s use of the identifier highlights how data about someone’s online tracking practices can sometimes be deployed beyond its original intent — making it harder than ever for consumers to control who has knowledge about their online activities.



    January 17, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    • On a wider ranging data privacy concern…

      Google sometimes associate search data and browsing history (from their adverts or analytics) to an IP address. Regardless if normal browsing mode or incognito/private. If you have a household with multiple devices (PCs, mac, smart phones, tablets etc) other devices can receive targeted adverts from another user.

      So not only is it not the same device (i.e. not tracked by cookie), possibly… not the same browser, not the same MAC, not the same operating system, and not even the same architecture.

      Therefore, its possible for one person to be searching for a health concern/issue, and another person to receive adverts relating to that query on a different device – despite never searching for that topic before.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 17, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      • I can not stand advertisements, many years ago I used to set the home page to “msn” soon after changed it because of all the crap on it, which is why I use Bing.


        January 17, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      • On the computers at the Job Centre – the ones for using to access UJM – there are constant ads demanding your E-Mail address for BT whatever it is, Internet stuff.

        It’s a obviously a trick to make you give your E-Mail to a commercial company – helped by the Job Centre.

        Andrew Coates

        January 18, 2015 at 10:29 am

      • I think it best not to use any computers in the jobcentres.


        January 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

      • Yeah Andy, despite the DWP having its own IP address range and I assume each job centre must have leased line connectivity. The UJM machines uses BT wifi, and to access you must give your email address and personal information.

        I am not with BT. Why should I register with them just to access the internet at the jobcentre? Could go to the library or job search at home to get around having to give away such information.

        Universal Jobmatch

        January 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      • In other words it’s a compulsory information gathering exercise for a commercial organisation, for commercial benefit, that every Job Seeker using their system (which incidentally, they practically tell you to use while singing on), has to submit to.

        Andrew Coates

        January 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

  16. Increasing areas of digital communications are now “beyond the reach” of security services, whose ability to track plots on the internet is under threat, the former spy chief warns.
    Writing for The Telegraph, Lord Evans says new laws to give intelligence agencies the ability more effectively to monitor services including Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat are vital.

    His warning comes as Parliament’s secret intelligence watchdog said plans for a sweeping overhaul of the laws underpinning the operations of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ would be announced within weeks, to bring them up-to-date with the internet age.
    intelligence agencies should be given updated powers to access terror suspects’ mobile phone records, emails and internet messages, when authorised by a senior Cabinet minister.

    communications companies to retain records of calls, emails, and social media messages, for intelligence agencies to monitor. Privacy campaigners claimed the proposals would have meant an unjustified intrusion into the private communications of millions of innocent citizens



    January 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    • The security services have a remit to do whatever it likes in regards to espionage and intelligence gathering. I would be surprised if even as much as 30% of their work is actually lawful under UK and European law. A similar story to all other foreign security services around the world.

      Obviously, illegally obtained information cannot serve as evidence for a prosecution. This said, as soon as you have suspects and a clue/plot/concept… its much easier for the security services and police to obtain evidence to then make an arrest and prosecution.

      This bring rise to the Guantanamo Bay cases where people were imprisoned for years without charge; you know, if the face fits and there is no evidence… who cares about human rights and liberties.

      You would have thought the existing powers of GCHQ would give another evidence to prosecute at least half of all child sex abuse cases, but they aren’t interested in this. The infamous Westminster ring would have been smashed and the politicians etc. jailed a long time ago.

      Universal Jobmatch

      January 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

  17. Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

    Mark Catlin

    January 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

  18. Christopher Graham delivered Liverpool John Moores University’s prestigious 125th Roscoe lecture yesterday, talking about the role of the Information Commissioner and broader information rights issues.

    He followed in the footsteps of previous speakers in the lecture series, including Michael Morpurgo and the Archbishop of Canterbury.



    January 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

  19. “Today’s slavery focuses on big profits and cheap lives. It is not about owning people like before, but about using them as completely disposable tools for making money.”



    January 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm


    Are you not getting any National Insurance credits towards your state pension, on top of all the pain of nil food and fuel money?

    The flat rate pension law grants NIL STATE PENSION FOR LIFE for those with less than 10 years National Insurance history in contributions from wages or credits from benefits.

    This means that the poorest workers whose wages were below the lower entitlement limit in the NI system, gained no contributions from wages or credits from benefits, from their employment.

    For those in their late 50s / early 60s now, this is significant, as the entitlement to gain anything like a full state pension will be 35 years (now 30 years) under the flat rate pension.

    The flat rate pension comes into force for women born from 1953 and men born from 1951 from April 6, 2016.

    Millions will not get the full flat rate pension in any case, as you need a full service history of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (only for those in work) which became the State Second Pension (for everyone) that only began in 2002.

    Losing Jobseekers / disabled / chronic sick, also effects housewives without a wages contribution to NI, as with the flat rate pension they do not receive the 60 per cent state pension gained from their husband’s NI contributions history anymore, for women born from 1953 from April 6, 2016, for new claimants.

    The NI credits for child and/or elder care began only in recent years. If you have not claimed your credits within two years of that care ending, you cannot claim them back. I know.

    No welfare, no state pension, no disablity / chronic sick benefits, is a real threat to huge numbers of people and especially women.
    I am one of them, only on the average works pensions (from the massive austerity job cuts) that is only the 4 per cent lowest income (anything liek £500 a month). By not being on any benefit accrue nil credits towards NI.

    The over 60s are in a 50 per cent unemployment rate and are not listed under government unemployment figures.

    The majority reason the over 60s not in work is because disabled and/or chronic sick.


    January 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

  21. Theresa May

    “we have seen large numbers of Jewish people emigrate and others are questioning their future” others = everyone.


    January 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    • What makes me laugh is if terrorists attack Christians, I don’t see them getting increased protection. Have we forgotten how a certain faith who shall remain nameless quite literally through Christians to the lions or should I say supplied them. Its amazing what you can get when you hold a lot of gold, hey Cameron.

      I bet John, Luke, Mark and Paul are turning in their graves right about now.


      January 19, 2015 at 3:15 am

  22. Freedom of expression according the Cameron is perfectly ok providing it doesn’t break the law. Well am I to gather that mans law out weighs gods then.

    Wonders never cease as not only does he sell out his people, he’s quite prepared to sell out his faith as well, way to go Cameron as if you weren’t already a dick your an even bigger one now. In fact we might as well tear up the concise dictionary and make the sh*t up as per your anus opening and closing or at least rewrite it adding but to every definition.


    January 19, 2015 at 3:31 am

  23. IDS visit sparks protest:

    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith was grilled by Hucknall people during a visit to Sherwood MP Mark Spencer’s office on Friday.

    The minister was quizzed about tax credits, disability benefit, the roll of kinship carers and the state pension, but ignored questions from protestors outside.

    Around five protestors, holding placards with slogans like ‘Mansion Tax NOT Bedroom Tax’, gathered outside the Vine Terrace office. One of the group said Mr Duncan Smith was ‘bungled back into his huge 4×4 to make a swift exit, making no attempt to engage with the demonstrators’.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    January 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

  24. rainbowwarriorlizzie

    January 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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