As some of my regular readers will know, I’ve been job-hunting of late. It’s a real slog and saps the spirit to be battling for every vacancy every day. It’s never nice to have uncertainty in your life. Will I be able to buy christmas presents this year, will I be able to afford housing when benefits are reviewed? Will I be able to put food on my table next week?
With all that in mind, it’s not too reassuring to find the government can’t even do basic maths when it comes to job seekers.
A few days ago, when talking about forcing people on incapacity benefit to return to work, Ian Duncan Smith decided to announce that 23% of the claimants would be fit to work. At first that sounds like a good thing. But when you look at it a little closer, it’s not good at all. There are now 467,000 job vacancies nationally. And there are already 2.5 million people looking for work. And now Duncan Smith plans to add 500,000 job seekers to the employment market.
The government is sitting back and waiting for the private sector to magically create jobs from nowhere with no other plan for growth.
- Labour market weakness continues – while help for long-term unemployed is cut (leftfootforward.org)