Tags: Andrea Leadsom, benefits, claimant, Helen Jones, statistics, training schemes, Treasury, unemployed, Unemployment, Unemployment figures
How unemployment figures are worked out, according to the Office for National Statistics. (ONS)
((A person is classed as unemployed if not only out of work, but also actively looking for work and available to start work within a fortnight
Unemployment figures are based on a survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics. They show the average number of people unemployed over a three-month period
A new survey is done every month, but comparisons are made between separate three-month periods, not overlapping ones. e.g. April-June v Jan-March, not April-June v March-May
The ONS also publishes the claimant count which shows the number of people receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in a particular month. That figure comes from information supplied by the Department for Work and Pensions
The unemployment figure is higher than the claimant count as many jobseekers do not or cannot claim JSA The two main measures can sometimes move in different directions. A change in benefits rules moving people on to JSA from another benefit, for example, would increase the claimant count without a corresponding increase in unemployment.))
Yesterday in the House of Commons Debates during questions about the Treasury regarding Employment Trends The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Andrea Leadsom said the following in response to a question from David Burrowes “Under this Government, we have just seen the biggest drop in unemployment ever. In particular, long-term unemployment and youth unemployment are dropping fast, giving hope, prospects and a decent wage to so many in our country.”, and in response to a question from Helen Jones “A lot of the particularly big increases in employment have been among very young and older workers, who tend to earn less, but is not that great news for the longer-term prospects of those young people, who are off the unemployment register and developing skills for the future”
‘Those people’ that are on training schemes and are not counted as unemployed this proves that the government have not created the thousands of jobs that they claim to have done.
“long-term unemployment and youth unemployment are dropping fast,”
“big increases in employment have been among very young and older workers,”
“young people, who are off the unemployment register and developing skills for the future”
In my opinion, unemployment is not dropping fast and employment is not increasing either. People are stuck in a never ending cycle of training, there isn’t the jobs out there for these people when they complete their training so the job centre recycle them back onto another training scheme. That way they are not counted as unemployed, but they are not in paid employment either. We’ll end up having a nation of well trained workers and still no real jobs.
Tags: death toll, Ebola, Epidemic, European Commission, nurse, pandemic, quarantine, Spanish flu, virus
I am amazed and extremely disturbed by the following statement that was on my BBC news app.
“The EU has announced plans for a system to evacuate international staff from Ebola-infected countries if they show signs of the disease. The evacuation system will allow patients to be flown within 48hrs to European hospitals ‘that are equipped to deal with the disease’ a statement from the European Commission said. The move is expected to make it easier to deploy European medical workers to combat the crisis in West Africa.”
Have they not learnt anything from the case of the nurse’s assistant Ms Teresa Romero; she worked at a European hospital that was ‘equipped to deal with the disease’ and had treated two missionaries who had contracted Ebola in Africa both of whom have since died from the disease. She took all the right precautions and followed all the protocols as far as we know, and yet still managed to contract the disease. Not only that but Ms Romero was sent home at least a couple of times from medical centres, it is not known if Ms Romero mentioned to these medical centres/hospitals that she had treated two Ebola patients. We don’t know if it even crossed her mind that she may have Ebola, because as far as she was aware she had taken all precautions so may not have even made the connection.
If a European hospital that was ‘equipped to deal with the disease’ couldn’t control the disease and keep it within their quarantine section of their facility and keep their staff safe and well, why have the European commission made the above statement ???
It makes no sense whatsoever!!!! Just stop ALL travel to and from and within West Africa, despite the cost because the cost in lives will become a full-on world-wide epidemic just like the Spanish flu that killed millions after WW1.
If anyone has an answer…..please feel free to enlighten me!
P.S. NOBODY IS IMMUNE FROM EBOLA NOT EVEN THE ROYALS, THE ELITE, THE MEDIA OR THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION!!!
Like I’ve said before, in the UK,’democracy is a mask for dictatorship!’
How to be a politician: Behave as if the law doesn’t apply to you, and then when you get caught doing something illegal you can then change the law, so that it’s not illegal, and make it retrospective so that it applies even before it was made, then it’s like you never really broke the law in the first place…..
A Snooper: This woman has been allowing police and security services to monitor your phone and Internet communications – illegally. Now her government wants to rush through a law to make it legal, without proper scrutiny.
No matter what Nick Clegg might say, the Coalition government will be reintroducing – and rushing into effect – Theresa May’s long-cherished Snooper’s Charter on Monday.
This is her plan to ride roughshod over your right to privacy by requiring telecommunications companies to keep a complete record of all of your telephone and Internet communications. While the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill does not include the content of the calls or messages, it does include the location of the people called, the date and time of the call and the telephone number called.
Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter would have called on telecoms firms to record the time, duration, originator and recipient of every…
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IDS Instant Dynamite Shmuck
To be honest I’m starting to have grave concerns over the Secretary of State for Work & Pension’s state of health.
In a recent Daily Mail article to which we will not link, Iain Duncan Smith has had yet another angry turn. It comes as yet another damning report over his ill fated welfare reforms lands on his desk. It’s becoming a bizarre and quite worrying behavioural trait for Smith to lash out in angry outbursts as he springs to the defence of his fast failing reforms.
On this occasion, a 22 page report by United Nations poverty ‘ambassadors’ has led an attack on the Coalition’s welfare reforms. Smith has apparently reacted furiously to the ‘absurd and unwarranted intervention’ and retorted in his usual self protective style by saying the report was ‘riddled with faulty logic’. He rambles on to…
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I truly hope that Just Fair achieve their objectives, sooner rather than later, how many more flowers will there be in 12 months time….Regards FM007
By Patrick Butler.
Posted in The Guardian, Monday 7 July 2014
The UK government is risking “systematic violation” of international human rights law in its treatment of disabled people, charities claim.
Britain is a signatory to a binding UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities, and the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights. Austerity measures and welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax mean the rights of disabled people to independent living, work, and social security have been undermined, causing significant hardship, say campaigners.
A report published by Just Fair, a consortium of 80 national charities including Amnesty International, Save the Children, and Oxfam, says the UK is in clear breach of its legal obligations. Support structures for many disabled people have disappeared or are under threat as local authorities cut social care budgets, while cuts to benefits will leave many disabled people without…
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Unnnnbelievable, I sure hope and pray what these good people will get what they are entitled to……Regards. FM007. 😉
Reposted from local newspapers
Two more stories here from local newspapers about the inhumane treatment and incompetence by DWP
1) A WOMAN left on crutches by a leg operation has complained that she has no money as Jobcentre staff say she is fit to work.
Pamela Johnson, 56, of Broomside, in Ferryhill, underwent an operation last October which left her unable to carry on working in a fish and chip shop.
Miss Johnson began claimed benefits and said that Jobcentre bosses have now told her to sign on at Spennymoor to claim £57 Jobseekers’ Allowance each fortnight.
She is also angry that the staff in Spennymoor Jobcentre deemed her to be fit to work.
She said: “I had a medical and the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) said that my money would stop…
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“This particular Secretary of State, along with his Department, is pushing people through [the] cracks and hoping that the rest of the country will not notice that they have disappeared.” – Glenda Jackson MP, June 30, 2014.
Yesterday’s Parliamentary debate on the performance of the Department for Work and Pensions under Iain Duncan Smith was more like a trial, with witnesses lining up to condemn the accused.
If the man this blog likes to call RTU (Returned To Unit) thought he would be able to show that his behaviour had improved, he was sorely mistaken – as the comment above illustrates.
It is vital that this information reaches the general public despite the apparent news blackout, in the mainstream media, of any disparaging information about Duncan Smith or his DWP.
But we were discussing the debate as a trial. Let us first look at the evidence in favour of the…
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Absolutely sickeningly disgusting – BBC – Baloney Bullshit Communications
This is what happened when a friend of Vox Political, going by the monicker Sick Britain, contacted the BBC to ask why there has been no coverage of today’s (June 21) anti-austerity demonstration in London, which was attended by more than 50,000 people.
The BBC has mentioned the demonstration – as a pretext for a discussion of government austerity policies on Any Questions and Any Answers (both on Radio 4) but the national public service broadcaster’s news bulletins were mysteriously silent about it throughout the day of the event itself.
This seems particularly odd when one considers the fact that the demo began outside Broadcasting House, and that I’m told extra security guards were on duty today, while the entrances were protected with metal fencing.
Some of you may wish to complain to the BBC about its lack of coverage. Here’s how you can do it:
Phone: 03700 100…
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