Tory jobs claims take a hammering

The Tories’ biggest economic claims (there are only two of them) are that they generated a recovery (after 18 months it’s already fading) and that they created a million private sector jobs.   The latter claim is now under fire from all sides.   First, it has just been rep;orted by the thinktank Centre for Cities that 11 of every 12 jobs created have been in southern England and only 1 in the rest of the country.   This gap between the best and worst pedrforming towns and cities has now widened so far that it has created a 2-tier economy of dynamism and decline.   Second, the vast majority of these jobs are insecure, low-paid, and often subject to zero hours contracts, while 40% of them are self-employment (often enforced as the only way to survive) on a pittance income.   But, third, new evidence casts a further disturbing light on any idea of a jobs renaissance.

Research just completed at Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found that of the 1.9 million sanctions (i.e. withdrawal of benefits) imposed on people receiving jobseeker’s allowance during 2011-14, over two-fifths of those sanctioned ceased trying to claim the benefit but, crucially, only a fifth of these said that this was because they had found work.   That raises the question of what happened to the other four-fifths.   Did they feel forced to give up claiming when the reasons given by DWP (if indeed any reasons are given at all) are often trivial and not deserving of such a cruelly punitive reaction.   If so, do they resort to food banks or what?

DWP makes no attempt to find out.   Indeed their sole concern is to remove persons from the claimant lists (‘off-flow’ in the revealing jargon of the Department), not to find out whether they found work and, if so, of what quality and pay level.   In other words sanctioning is no longer a last resort measure targeted on the stubbornly workshy, but now simply a crude device to cut the benefits bill.   But so focused are they on that objective that the government apparently fails to notice that the costs are simply transferred elsewhere – to the NHS or food support systems or prisons if people are driven to crime to avoid utter destitution.

Worse, blame is now increasingly directed at Jobcentres for setting up ‘hit squads’ to target vulnerable claimants, including those with learning difficulties or mental illness.   The driving force is sanctions to enable DWP offices to meet monthly targets for ‘off-flow’.   Even here the results are perverse.   Even the government’s work programme providers concede that the poverty caused by sanctions makes vulnerable jobseekers less likely to find work.   When not only the morality but also the economics are counter-productive, is anybody or anything safe from the blind cost-cutting obsession of this government?



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  2. For anyone interested in what’s really happening to the unemployed read some of the comments posted in response to the Blog: The economy should be Labour’s turf, not the Tories’ (January 20, 2015.)


    Dear Positive Steps,

    So people are recruiting employees by not telling anyone about their vacancies; yes that makes perfect sense doesn’t it?

    Interesting that the percentage, (always slippery those %’s and entirely dependent on a base number of vacancies which is disputed anyway,) has suddenly dropped by half from 60% to 30% in 24 hours and so on, but that’s a quibble.

    There are a number of generally pretty specialized areas where recruitment is sometimes effectively only by recommendation or by word of mouth, but these have little practical application to my job search, (I don’t even regard it as being worth cost of upgrading LINKED-IN to the premium release; which they’re constantly urging me to do,) and I’ve never come across a vacancy on LINKED-IN that wasn’t also being advertised elsewhere anyway.

    The job search engines are all working fine as are all the job sites and doing what it says on the tin.

    What’s missing are real job vacancies.

    And stripped of the journalism/promotional hype there’s absolutely nothing at all in the article that I’m either not doing already, (with at best limited effect or non ,) or that is much applicable to types and area’s of work I’m looking for.

    Also ask most HR managers what they do with, (“more bloody,”) unsolicited job applications, particularly these days and the answer won”t be what it says in the Guardian.

    So you shouldn’t believe everything you read in newspapers, particularly when it to obviously contradicts real life experience and common sense and in the end there aren’t anywhere near enough jobs to go round.

    At best there are only so many job vacancies available at any one time; out of the typically of the hundred plus applicants who have applied for plastics job in Ashton for example; over 100 are still going to disappointed and will still be unemployed when it’s been filled, so does it really make that much difference if any particular candidate fails to get it?

    Most simply won’t.

    That’s the real situation here on planet earth, not the picture being painted, (largely for middle class university leavers, for whom it may even be, to some extent true) by the Guardian, (I have their job site on my computer and I’ve never yet come across anything that I’d apply for,) and this not a serious or relevant contribution to my job search.

    Anyway, I was bit short with you, so I’ve taken the time respond,



  4. You hhas a mp know that they lied they fiddled the figures on everything to show how well it is in their garden but coming to their end of their reign its starting to fall apart isnt it strange how they culled the stock culled the death figures and had many p off with sanctions and those stacking shelves for that salvation army or cancer charity it doesnt matter they were hiden away yes we had dennis and glenda telling rtu ids killer in the house but many to many just let him cull the stock the figures I hope that this man answers for his crimes against his own people has no other in British history has lied fiddled and killed so many sadly we now whot will happen with this devil but then jeff3

  5. you has a mp now they fiddled the figures on everything to show how well their garden is
    but now we coming to their end of their reign its falling apart isn’t it strange how they culled the stock under labour eyes hide away the deaths caused by their austerity measures hiden away those on sanctions stacking shelves at those so called charitys salvation army marie curie they all take slaves under your watch but skinner Glenda do get up and point across that house shouting killers but alas not many did this mores the pity rtu ids has so many fiddled figures so many benefits death on his hands I wonder will he ever get in front of that place they tried the last lot for killing their own people jeff3

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