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UK headed for mass unemployment like the 1980s without urgent ...

“Eight people are claiming benefits support for every job opening”.

Two headlines in the Guardian.

Today: Eight people claiming employment support for every vacancy, says thinktank

Richard Partigan.

Analysis comes as some new vacancies in UK are receiving hundreds of applicants each

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits per job vacancy in Britain has increased fivefold since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an employment thinktank.

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) said approximately eight people are claiming benefits support for every job opening, up from 1.5 people per job before the crisis began in March.

The number of job vacancies in Britain has plunged by almost half a million since January to 333,000 in June, hitting the lowest levels since comparable records began in 2001. With companies making redundancies, putting hiring plans on hold or furloughing their workers, the numbers of people claiming unemployment-related benefits has climbed by 112% since March to reach more than 2.6 million – resulting in an average of 7.8 benefit claimants per vacancy.

Last week it emerged a restaurant in Manchester had nearly 1,000 applications for a receptionist post within 24 hours, while pubs in London have also pulled in hundreds of applicant despite offering very few jobs.

As many as 9.5 million people – a third of the UK’s workforce – have been been placed on the government furlough scheme, which covers 80% of workers’ wages. However, economists fear that the Treasury closing the scheme at the end of October could trigger mass unemployment unparalleled since the 1980s.

Office for National Statistics:

Labour market overview, UK: July 2020

Estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other employment-related statistics for the UK.

Also today: Recruiters inundated as virus takes toll on UK labour market

The jobseeker

‘I can see my mental health declining massively’

Ellie, based in Devon, has applied for 100 jobs since she was made redundant from a food service company the day before lockdown. She had been in the job for less than a month but with cafes and pubs closing, the business went downhill “really rapidly”. Ineligible for the government’s furlough scheme Ellie, 25, found herself out of work for the first time.

“I had a good few weeks of being really down and depressed. I didn’t have the strength to job hunt,” says Ellie. She eventually landed a temporary contract with a call centre in May but knows that the work could end at any time. “It’s really stressful not knowing if I could be let go tomorrow,” she says.

Our Boss is on the job immediately!


Written by Andrew Coates

July 28, 2020 at 8:10 am

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  1. I been done some voluntary work for a company for a year (I just do a few hours per week) my job centre coach is okay i am doing this (well she has no choice) was hoping it would have turned into paid work, but due to covid19 it won’t happen.

    I have a disability, so the voluntary work I am doing meets my needs of the job aspect I am capable of doing and meets the needs of the company.

    I am also in my mid/late 30s, I am have also applied for apprenticeships.

    My mental and anxiety will go back up, as I am still in the appeal stage of my UC50 which been going on since last September.


    July 28, 2020 at 8:23 am

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.


    July 28, 2020 at 8:28 am

  3. I’m one of the lucky ones who was furloughed in march, now back at work.

    Not so good for many..


    July 28, 2020 at 8:41 am

  4. Reblogged this on Wirral In It Together and commented:
    Larger employers will be eager to cut their losses and part with any employees they regard as ‘troublesome’. Once the UK Furlough scheme ends in October 2020, their approach will take the form of bullying and gaslighting on a national scale. There is no legal definition of bullying in the UK and the Unions will plead poverty, stand aside, drop members like a stone and permit management colleagues to do their worst.

    Wirral In It Together

    July 28, 2020 at 9:05 am

    • A very good point, a but like the way some landlords will jump at the opportunity to exploit the end of the freeze on evictions.

      Many of us tend to forget this amongst the way that people are very worried about their children in their teens and twenties even getting into the jobs market.

      Andrew Coates

      July 28, 2020 at 10:52 am

      • I worried as well my niece is not 2 yet, I dread to think what it would be like for her when she starts looking for work,


        July 28, 2020 at 3:56 pm

  5. Another cited cause is change to UK employment regulation – which, for example, has made it easier to be a working parent. This is just one example of a recent, broader shift from passive income support (like unemployment benefits) to more creative, proactive approaches. The UK is not alone. Increasing labour market participation has been proven to trigger economic growth, and better integrating older workers in particular is a hot topic in many countries.

    Horse's Mouth

    July 28, 2020 at 10:06 am

  6. Another cited cause[of increased labour market participation]

    Horse's Mouth

    July 28, 2020 at 10:08 am

  7. Unfortunatly theres nothing can be done its easy to sack people under two years,that was supposed to help create jobs.Its falling apart badly here and will only fuel job insecure work.

    Edinburgh hotel sent ‘disgraceful’ email to staff, with worker learning of ‘job losses in the press’

    Staff at the Kimpton Hotel also received an email telling staff that they are not legally entitled to legal representation or a trade union representative. It has been branded ‘disgraceful’ by Unite the Union.



    July 28, 2020 at 11:16 am

  8. In my city it’s 400 people applying for every job. Mass unemployment is high in my city and it’s hard for people to get work.


    July 28, 2020 at 11:26 am

  9. Closing furlough ‘could lead to 10% unemployment’


    July 28, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    • Thats if people can get to work.Many long term unemployed rely on public transport service and theres heavy service cuts already.Your right again Ted.

      Reading Buses announce potential job losses after being ‘hit hard’ by pandemic

      Customer numbers fell and the company said there is no guarantee of people returning to their old routines when the furlough scheme ends

      There is set to be 33 job losses in various roles across the company, Reading Buses confirmed today



      July 28, 2020 at 6:11 pm

      • seen a fair few busses with no one on them so they cant keep that up for much longer.


        July 28, 2020 at 6:14 pm

  10. That little rascal Trev’s not been on here in a while, hopefully he’s achieved gainful employment.

    Sue Denim

    July 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    • I’ve cinched a job stacking shelves at ASDA, guys, and am happy as a pig in poo.


      July 28, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      • @trev – Well good luck with your new job Trev ! At least you’ll be getting paid, and you can say goodbye to the Jobcentre !


        July 28, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      • Good luck Trev!

        Andrew Coates

        July 28, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      • last time i worked at a supermarket at about 7pm you got to download all the cakes and sandwiches that was out of date b4 it all went in to the bin if any was left.

        tho if you tried to steal a cheese roll and take it off site it was a sack able offence same as shop lifting pmsl.

        you could also get a full breakfast in the morning shift for £1.50 yet not one item came from the store not even the beans lol.


        July 28, 2020 at 9:10 pm

      • That HAS to be a wind up, surely? There’s more chance of the sun rising in the west and setting in the east than trev ever working for a living.


        July 29, 2020 at 9:15 am

      • Has trev really got a job? Nah. Is that really true? Huh? Really? Shome mishtake shurely?

        Djinn and Tonic

        July 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      • There seems to be a few different “trevs” on here all of a sudden. I can categorically state that THIS trev most certainly has NOT been employed by Asda or by anyone else!


        August 2, 2020 at 1:43 pm

  11. Risk of Catching the Virus From Inanimate Surfaces or Objects is Tiny

    Click to access PIIS1473-3099(20)30561-2.pdf

    Gerry Mander

    July 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm

  12. superted

    July 28, 2020 at 2:45 pm

  13. Is there anything missing from the local zoo, yes Thérèse is :8)


    July 28, 2020 at 4:45 pm

  14. Mass unemployment looks a certainty now. The question is what are the DWP going to do about it ?

    Jeff Smith

    July 28, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    • @jeff smith. Yeah, they can start getting nasty when things go wrong.


      July 28, 2020 at 6:25 pm

  15. You can see the government beginning to switch back to their austerity rules again. The end of the furlough scheme, not uprating the legacy benefits, not increasing the benefit cap. Trying to push people onto Universal Credit where they are easier to manage. Making them go back to work early. They are bracing themselves for what they know is coming, in terms of unemployment and a probable recession early next year.

    Alan Turner

    July 28, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    • The usual drivel from you Turner. At least you’re consistent.

      Don Lemon

      July 28, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      • @ Don Lemon / Tigerlily – You just can’t stop yourself can you ? Being nasty and unpleasant on this blog.

        Alan Turner

        July 28, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    • @alan turner – Yes, I’ve noticed that too Alan. We have past the peak of government action, and now they seem to be expecting people to just tough it out.

      Jack Reid

      July 29, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    • That’s cases not deaths. # slanted narrative

      Sue Denim

      July 28, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    • Ten people catch coronavirus in outbreak at pub where 200 drinkers were crammed into beer garden ‘like sardines’ as emergency testing centre is set up

      One customer at the pub who tested positive is also said to have held a private gathering, causing a further spread.

      The pub’s licence is administered by Stafford Borough Council. In a statement, the council said: ‘There is a possibility their licence could be reviewed in due course.


      Its far from over.


      July 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm

  16. How dare you impugn my reputation

    Don Lemon

    July 28, 2020 at 6:23 pm

  17. Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme – Application Portal
    Registration OPEN for cycle repairers in England, vouchers will be available to customers at 23:45pm on Tuesday 28th July 2020. This scheme is only available in England.



    July 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm

  18. Four months without a word from the Jobcentre. Things must be pretty bad for them to be son humane and lenient. Anybody else heard anything or received any kind of contact from the DWP? What a weird situation. I wonder if the Jobcentres are concentrating on the most recently unemployed and younger people first and parking older and longer term claimants, because younger and more recent UC claimants are logically the easiest to get back into the workforce? I like being left alone but am still feeling odd about not having any kind of contact with the Jobcentre for nearly a quarter of a year, even though my UC entitlements are paid into my bank account on time and promptly. I can’t get over how weird it is though.


    July 29, 2020 at 8:24 am

    • We are concentrating our considerable efforts on claimants who are ‘closest to the labour market’ i.e. the young and those recently unemployed. As for the older and/or long-term claimants we will get around to those in due course, whenever, if ever, but for the foreseeable future this cohort is not a priority.

      Jones of the Jobcentre

      July 29, 2020 at 9:14 am

    • What you call leniency, I call laying a trap. Don’t forget that the requirement for doing jobsearch was reinstated at the end of June… You can guarantee when they do call us back they’re going to expect to see all that July jobsearch and they will conveniently cast aside acknowledgement of any detrimental effects Covid-19 will have had on the availability of work.

      In short, we’re all going to go back with “poor” jobsearch in their eyes, have sanction doubts raised and those of us who weren’t lured by the blatant bribes they’ve offered will be moved to Utter Crapshoot by force. Once there, harsh requirements will be pushed upon us that we have no chance of maintaining 24/7 and thus we’ll be sanctioned again and their pockets will be lined with our blood once more.


      July 29, 2020 at 9:57 am

    • @Ro – My local Jokeshop deserted and closed up. (Good poem by Random here on that !) There are going to be squatters in it soon if they don’t watch out.


      July 29, 2020 at 12:08 pm

  19. Here’s a helpful tip if anybody’s a bit hard up:

    Andrew Coates

    July 29, 2020 at 10:02 am

    • Astonishingly out of touch, or does she not think people can see the price of potatoes for themselves ?
      Frankly if it was left to her brother’s Tory Party, raw potatoes would be about all people were eating !

      Jeff Smith

      July 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    • Man cannot live by potatoes alone.

      Isus Murphy

      July 30, 2020 at 2:13 pm

  20. Aldi to create 4000 new jobs this year

    Aldi is set to create nearly 4000 new jobs across the UK this year as it pushes ahead with plans to open an average of one new store a week between now and Christmas.



    July 29, 2020 at 10:23 am

  21. The weakness of the genocide Tories is the Equality Commission which has all Tories in it & running it. Equality Commission breaking its own laws & rules with vested interest. Anyway the Equality Commission have gone on holiday for a year, so that £1 Billion investment is being used well with that answer phone.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 29, 2020 at 11:43 am

  22. Eat Out To Survive Tory policy – All the USA Corporates are seeing free money from the UK to bail out USA corporates – KFC – Kill Fat Chickens – Its the pigs bollocks at McDonalds & Slurry At Burger King & Costa Crapy Coffee so no free advertising just slander.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 29, 2020 at 11:48 am

    • The UK Tax payer are bailing out USA Corporate Companies What next Amazon needs a British Tax Payer Bail Out – It has already happened.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 29, 2020 at 11:49 am

  23. Goodbye to @trev,
    A stalwart on this site,
    He couldn’t get a job,
    But he tried to do things right.
    How many posts he made,
    Always sensible and clear,
    And that’s not always been the case,
    With some of the clowns on here !
    But in the end he bore no grudge,
    Good tempered to the end,
    And to the readers of this site,
    A guide, and yes, a friend.
    And so we say Good Luck,
    From Ipswich Unemployed Action !
    May your new job bring you extra money,
    And considerable satisfaction.
    No more for you the misery of the cursed DWP,
    You’ve got a new job Trev, and at last you’re free !

    Random Poet

    July 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    • Victor Meldrew

      July 29, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    • It’s brought a tear to my eye sitting on my arse but it’s Andrew’s retirement I’m back elswhere where I have to lift a finger.


      July 29, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      • That’s not trev! That’s doppelganger trev! This blog has gone Invasion of the Body Snatchers all of a sudden.


        July 29, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      • I’ve still heard zilch from my Jobcentre. And I do not believe the answer to higher unemployment and fewer jobs is to employ thousands more Work Coaches. Shutdown the Jobcentres permanently, abolish Sanctions and conditionality, introduce annual signing. OR scrap UC and JSA and replace with Unconditional Basic Income.


        August 2, 2020 at 1:39 pm

  24. HGVs and delivery vans facing a ban in cities to give more room to bikes


    July 29, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    • Good, some of those vans can be dangerous.

      Soryy I Missed You

      July 29, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      • They do help drum up organs for transplant by culling biker boys and harvesting sundry cyclists.

        Brother Grim

        July 29, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      • *lightbulb switches on* That’s why Boris has this obsession with “getting Britain cycling”. Cycling is the most dangerous form of transport accounting for many fatalities. They want our organs. And now we have this ‘presumed consent’ too 😉

        Range Rover Woman

        July 30, 2020 at 8:16 am

  25. @random poet – A touching and somehow yet fitting tribute to Trev. And which of us has not benefited from Trev’s wisdom and advice over the years ?

    Alexander Collington - Bartley

    July 29, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    • It was enlightening to sit at the feet of this guru, read his words, and bask in his darshan, all virtually of course. Om Mani Padme Hum. Hail to the jewel in the lotus. Peace be unto you. Also there is love in the world.

      Chela Garibaldi

      July 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    • Like when he told us to vote Labour and Jeremy Corbyn was going to be the next Prime Minister.🤣

      Sue Denim

      July 29, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      • That was a pretty big misfire for a psychic. Ouch!

        Mistake Meg

        July 30, 2020 at 7:28 am

    • A cat can look at a king.

      Christian Rosenkreutz

      July 30, 2020 at 7:30 am

  26. ” Well Therese, that’s Trev sorted, now for Superted….”

    Neil Cooling

    July 29, 2020 at 5:16 pm

  27. I don’t believe that trev is working for asda, he wouldn’t let the side down like that.

    Quetzalcoatl Miami Ghostdancer Knight

    July 29, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    • May the shelves rise up to meet you Trev
      And the wind be at your back
      May there be sandwiches at seven o’clock
      So you can have a snack

      Fintan O'Flaherty

      July 29, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    • I’m NOT working for bloody Asda! I just haven’t had any internet access for a fortnight.


      August 2, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      • I was without Internet access for longer…

        The Asda job was obviously a wind up but I believed it for the simple reason that I know a fair number of people who have worked in supermarkets at one point or other in their lives.

        Now that’s settled you can read the House of Lords report…

        Andrew Coates

        August 2, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      • All sorts of strange happenings befall those who absent from this site. At least trev didn’t end up end in the mortuary unlike your good self 😀

        Final Destination

        August 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      • And now I am back!

        Andrew Coates

        August 2, 2020 at 7:33 pm

  28. Everything’s going to be okay:

    Andrew Coates

    July 29, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    • And it is now UNLIMITED too! Well, officially since you never got charged for going over the limit anyway 😀


      July 30, 2020 at 8:24 am

    • This has to be the best broadband deal in town. Anyone got a better deal?

      Money Wasting Expert

      July 30, 2020 at 8:27 am

    • It might be OK for dole spongers with all the money the government gives them but what about us poor pensioners? Do you expect us to choose between eating or paying for broadband. Do you expect us to choose between heating our homes or freezing to death with broadband connection?


      July 30, 2020 at 8:36 am

  29. I dont beleave trev is wurking for teh man.

    Tracy Llords

    July 29, 2020 at 7:34 pm

  30. Yeah, like Asda is going to employ a bloke in his 60s who has never worked in his life with multiple health problems, who can’t climb a flight of stairs, and who believes in space aliens to stack their shelves. Pull the other one, ‘trev’, it’s got bells on 😉


    July 30, 2020 at 8:20 am

  31. ive got a job wif the jobcentre as a decision maker pmsl

    superted's rotten teef

    July 30, 2020 at 8:40 am

  32. Andrew Coates

    July 30, 2020 at 8:50 am

    • But already they are deliberately discriminating against ‘undeserving claimants.’ The legacy benefit claimants. And aren’t they poor enough ? Having been unfairly refused a £20 a week increase to match Universal Credit rates. Then slapped in the face again by not getting the £149 given to people transferring to UC.

      Jeff Smith

      July 30, 2020 at 9:41 am

      • Theres mass unemployment and this virus has taken full advantage of every weakness and shoddy decision.

        This is an absolute bloddy disgrace.Its fallen apart.

        Coronavirus: England highest level of excess deaths



        July 30, 2020 at 11:58 am

      • A second wave is on its way, ken. It is not safe out there. Stay safe. Stay home.

        ken's mum

        July 30, 2020 at 1:10 pm

  33. I bet now that trev is working he’ll start voting Tory in local and general elections and dissing benefit claimants like there was no tomorrow.

    Beer Belly

    July 30, 2020 at 9:28 am

  34. Who is trev?

    Ayn Rand

    July 30, 2020 at 9:29 am

    • Just a man, a decent hardworking man, trapped in a cruel benefits system. A man struggling to do his best.
      Kind-hearted and generous to the poor. Always putting the needs of others before himself. This was Trev, and there are many on this blog who can put their hands on their hearts and say, ”Thank you Trev, for being you.”

      John Russell

      July 30, 2020 at 9:48 am

      • Hardworking? Really? You ‘aving a laugh or what?

        R. U. Sirius

        July 30, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    • trev was the role model for trevor in Made in Britain

      Gerry Gable

      July 30, 2020 at 2:32 pm

  35. Trev sells out and becomes a wage slave.


    July 30, 2020 at 11:35 am

    • The conflict between Capital and Labour will never be resolved. For trev the never-ending battle continues on with no end in sight.


      July 30, 2020 at 11:45 am

  36. The BBC has already dropped presentation in the regions towards the end of the broadcasting day presumably to give my fellow lazy bastard continuity announcers an early bed. But Auntie needs to go the whole way. BBC programming has no relevance to those outside the M25 ring-road. It is irrelevant to the viewer in a Welsh valley, up a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland, in the Northern Irish conurbations or to an Abbot’s Ale drinker in a log cabin in deepest Suffolk. It is BBC London. Period. Full stop. Let’s cut the pretence, shall we. BBCs, Wales, Scotland and Northern should be scrapped. This is in no way, shape or form to do with me wanting to reach a wider audience. Heaven forfend! I am not an egomaniac. Even my psychiatrist says so. Tell the BBC what YOU think just so long as its what I think.

    Duncan Newmarch (BBC)

    July 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm

  37. “You can’t have open borders in a welfare state. Opening the borders while we still have a welfare state is fiscal suicide.”

    — Milton Friedman.

    Milton Friedman

    July 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    • fiscal or rAciAL

      Martin Webster

      July 30, 2020 at 4:44 pm

  38. Trev is no more… we shall not see his like again.


    July 30, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    • This brilliant song is on my play list for when I’m at work, I blast it and nobody gets it, I also blast
      Part of the Union by the strawbs, since I am a Union (wo)man


      July 31, 2020 at 8:57 am

  39. Crass – an ode to trev

    Billy Boyne

    July 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm

  40. Oh dear, here we go again!

    Private sector to deliver ‘new online, one-to-one job finding support service’.

    jj joop

    July 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    • yet they cant do jack if they dont have a email address for you and they can not force you to hand one over either 😉


      July 30, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    • @jj joop – But you’d have to be on Universal Credit to get this ?


      July 30, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      • no when it comes to 3rd party providers it is for everyone tho i cant say i have ever had a problem finding jobs to apply for.

        same shit different shovel.


        July 30, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      • No David, it is not for everyone. This particular initiative, Plan For Jobs, is for claimants who are ‘in the Intensive Work Search group on Universal Credit .’

        Tom Sutton

        July 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      • ‘2.6 The Plan for Jobs provides new funding to ensure more people will get tailored support to help them to find work. People in the Intensive Work Search group on Universal Credit


        July 30, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      • 2.6 The Plan for Jobs provides new funding to ensure more people will get tailored support
        to help them to find work. People in the Intensive Work Search group on Universal Credit will
        benefit from a significant expansion of support offered through the Department for Work and
        Pensions (DWP) Jobcentres, including doubling the number of work coaches and additional
        intensive support to those who have been unemployed for at least three months. Alongside this,
        the government will utilise private sector capacity to deliver a new online, one-to-one job finding
        support service. Additional funding will also mean that over a quarter of a million more people will
        receive individualised advice on training and careers through the National Careers Service

        2.19 Job finding support service – The government will provide £40 million to fund private
        sector capacity to introduce a job finding support service in Great Britain in the autumn. This
        online, one-to-one service will help those who have been unemployed for less than three months
        increase their chances of finding employment.


        July 30, 2020 at 6:11 pm

  41. i got ran over again! guy clipped me walking down the canal went straight over the bars and was knocked out cold and was about 1ft away from going in the drink.

    me and another guy dragged him on to the path and walked him up to the canal bridge so could call a ambulance as had head and chest pain and was out of it and his bikes front wheel was totaled.

    he was 67 no crash hat no t shirt no gloves so lucky he went in the ditch as he hit his head on the path going that fast he would be dead.


    July 30, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    • Bikes are fucking dangerous! Bollocks to Boris and his nation of cyclists.

      Lance Armstrong

      July 30, 2020 at 8:28 pm

  42. Maybe it was trev on his boris bike rushing to get to work at asda

    Ian Bone

    July 30, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    • I’m glad that someone has taken Norman Tebbit’s advice at last.


      July 30, 2020 at 6:16 pm

  43. People on bikes come off worse then people walking.


    July 30, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    • Probably because if you’re walking you normally try to walk towards oncoming traffic of the right side of the road, so can see it coming, whereas on a bike you have to ride on the left and so always have cars, vans, buses, lorries etc., overtaking you from behind. One clip from a vehicle and you have a good chance of getting flattened. Walking, although slower, is much safer than cycling on roads without bike lanes.

      Steven Hoy

      July 30, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    • Motor vehicles and bikes do not mix. If you mix a bike with moving traffic it is only a matter of time before you are rear-ended. Bikes and motor vehicles need to be segregated, and that means properly segregated, not one inch green lines or any sort of lane that motorists dodge in and out off to overtake and whack cyclists in the process. Motorists don’t give a shit if a cyclist is seriously injured or even killed because they know at worse they will receive a few hours unpaid work. The unemployed receive much harsher punishments under Jobcentre workfare schemes. Cyclists have been killed by drivers who were so selfish that they couldn’t see whilst wearing glasses and at the time of the fatal collisions weren’t even wearing glasses. The UK is miles behind in cycling infrastructure. The UK has always had a car culture. Cyclists have always been demonised and treated like shit. It is only now because that it suits an agenda that the UK is supposedly pro-cycling. And all it is really is yet another chance for £billions of public money to be funnelled into quangos such as Sustrans. New Range Rovers all around. And since this is an unemployment blog it is worth knowing that employers perceive cyclists as ‘risk-takers’. You need balls of steel. Riding a bike is the closet you can feel to death!


      July 30, 2020 at 8:46 pm

  44. ‘Between 1913 and 1919 and again between 1930 and 1989 there was no requirement to take any action to seek work other than to register as unemployed at an Employment Exchange/Jobcentre and therefore be able to be offered a job by employers or officials.)’ – November 2019 Benefit Sanctions Briefing by David Webster

    Jobcentre Jones

    July 30, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    • Those were the days alright !


      July 30, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      • Yay!


        July 30, 2020 at 6:15 pm

  45. @superted (paul shepherd) , You’re doing your nut again Paul, before you think what you are doing. Just like you did in Commercial Road. Remember when you got thrown out after you started mouthing off ?
    Tom Sutton is quite right. If you bother to read the conditions for Plan For Jobs, it’s all aimed only at people on Universal Credit. And then only at the Intensive Work search Group. It won’t be available for legacy JSA claimants, or ESA claimants.


    July 30, 2020 at 8:51 pm

  46. This
    online, one-to-one service will help those who have been unemployed for less than three months
    increase their chances of finding employment.

    so it is only for new uc claims.


    July 30, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    • and i have never been thrown out of a jcp office for mouthing off as i am not that stupid as thats what they want you to do. 😉


      July 30, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      • You know it, ted! That’s exactly what they want you to do – go off on one.

        jj joop

        July 31, 2020 at 8:48 am

  47. It’s not ill-conceived to look at certain people and question when they come out here what they bring with them … We have strict quarantine laws and it should be the same when it comes to cultures that do not want to integrate. We should be very careful about where certain Muslims come from and what they believe. If you come here, you should behave yourself – it’s as simple as that… If people come and live in any country and their way of life is so different they need their own special laws, then possibly they have to pick somewhere else to live. The idea of any Muslim being photographed for a passport or a licence with one of those shrouds on – sorry, it just can’t happen.

    Angry Anderson

    July 30, 2020 at 10:38 pm

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