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How unemployment figures are worked out, according to the Office for National Statistics. (ONS)

Understanding unemployment:

((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.

FM

The battle is over…let the War Begin.

What a load of pompous parliamentary puppets, I’ve rarely heard such incredulous superficial aristocratic brown-nosing speeches from our government with regards to anyone who has died, as they have, over the death of Baroness Thatcher

Miliband: Thatcher was ‘unique and towering’

Labour leader Ed Miliband described Margaret Thatcher as a “unique and towering figure” who “defined her age” during a warm tribute in the House of Commons. Speaking in front of busy, but not packed, Labour benches he said:

“Whatever your view of her, Margaret Thatcher was a unique and towering figure.

“I disagreed with much of what she did but I respect what her death means for many, many people who admired her and I honour her personal achievements.

“Today we also remember a prime minister who defined her age.”

Paddy Ashdown: Thatcher greatest PM of our age

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats Paddy Ashdown paid a thoughtful tribute to Baroness Thatcher in the House of Lords this afternoon, giving personal anecdotes about their relationship and praising the former prime minister as “the greatest of our age.” He said:

“If politics is defined, and I think it can be, by principles, the courage to hold to them, and the ability to drive them through with success, then she was without a doubt the commanding politician and the greatest prime minister of our age.”

Norman Tebbit pays emotional tribute to Thatcher

Thatcher’s former cabinet minister Norman Tebbit paid an emotional tribute to his old boss and friend in the House of Commons today.

He spoke movingly of the support she provided his family after he and his wife were injured in an IRA bomb attack at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. He praised her courage and popularity, and reflected on her demise, saying:

“I left her, I fear at the mercy of her friends, that I do regret.”   “

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Even her ‘friends’ turned against Baroness Thatcher when she was Prime Minister when her own cabinet ousted her from government before she could do even more damage to the country.

There were few honest words spoken with regards to the brutal reality that faced millions of people that had to deal with the cuts under the last Tory government but here is one:

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Labour MP: Thatcher caused ‘pain and suffering’

MP David Winnick criticised the “human cost” of Thatcher’s policies, and said MPs should be free to criticise her time in government.

The veteran Labour MP, who was first elected to parliament in 1966 said it would be hypocritical for him not to voice his thoughts on the “brutal contempt” with which she treated “millions of working people.” In an impassioned speech in the House of Commons he said:

“What was done under her premiership, the way in which the policies that have been praised here today were carried out, in my view, and indeed the view of these benches at the time, were highly damaging and caused immense pain and suffering to ordinary people.”

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Now with all the current round of taxes, cuts and caps it is not only ordinary people that are suffering, but the most vulnerable people of our crumbling society, the disabled, and yet the government are going to spend X amount of money, probably hundreds of thousands of pounds if not a million or even more than that on a ‘Ceremonial Funeral with Full Military Honours’.  How dare they…..How…. Dare…. They!!!

The loudest protest that could easily be done and would be heard and would be seen (or rather not seen) by the international media that will be covering this pompous procession is to do absolutely……… NOTHING……………BOYCOTT the Iron Lady’s funeral, may she ‘rust’ sorry ‘rest’ in peace…….this means don’t watch it on TV either, and hopefully the streets will look as empty as the following video….

If the streets are full of people for the funeral procession, even if only to see the Queen and other high ranking officials and celebrities, then that footage will be used by historians in the future to prove that Baroness Thatcher was well liked and respected and was good for the country which is blatantly wrong, the historians, like our government will and are creating a false history.

FM

This is brilliant…..

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FM  🙂

Our government over the last two weeks have been handed the Truth And Lies Report, signed by some 43 Bishops, the  House Of Lords have asked parliament to look again at their proposals regarding the nations budget and even financial experts have told George Osborne that his budget proposals are unworkable…….

And still parliament are not listening to the church, the Lords or financial experts…..don’t you think that it is time for a vote of no-confidence in our current government????

The 9th March Summit.

Stop the Benefit Cuts

Saturday 9th March – 11am at the University of London Union (ULU)

Malet St, London WC1E 7HY

The Campaign for Benefit Justice is uniting all those opposed to devastating benefit cuts. By linking up we can challenge the Government’s divide and rule tactics and unite the 99% of people hit by these cuts. This summit will bring together disabled people, tenants, unemployed , trade unions, students, pensioners, single parents, and others to oppose benefit cuts.

The venue is fully-accessible for wheelchair users – for other access needs, please contact benefitjustice@gmail.com.

Cut rents, not benefits

Can’t pay, won’t pay

Can’t move, won’t move

If you plan to attend, please register at http://benefitjustice.wordpress.com/

From the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21625446

A Pdf document of the report itself is available here Truth-And-Lies-Report……

Although the focus is on poverty and welfare in general, disability features prominently. All credit to the churches involved:

Thought provoking, well worth the read!!!

If after reading this you wish to help by signing the following petition  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41070 then please do so, as it only takes a few seconds.

Many Thanks

FM

If your small bedroom is 70 sq m or less it is classed as a BOXROOM.

Therefore it cannot be charged bedroom tax, this is listed under The Housing Act 1985, section 326. Please use this, do not take any excuses from the council as The Housing Act 1985 cannot be changed by law.

Hopefully this will help some people, but it could work the other way, ie, with a landlord claiming its a 2 bed flat and the Housing Benefit not paying the total amount of rent because the 2nd bedroom is not big enough to class it as a bedroom.

The act also says; The Secretary of State may by regulations prescribe the manner in which the floor area of a room is to be ascertained. Also regulations say for housing benefit the rental agreement counts so if you have been renting a 3 bed house for 6 years its 3 beds house regardless of size.

However, general consenseus is; the Metre-age  thing is only applicable to issues of overcrowding, not housing benefit payments . As I mentioned above, it’s the housing association which determines if a property is 1 , 2, or 3 bedroomed. Seemingly one council redetermined the amount of rooms in some properties to help some tenants, but it was their choice to do so. And can’t remember which one it was.

The government are always saying that “Lessons have been learnt!” However, never for the benefit of the people (us), I’d bet that by the time our 12 yr old son grows up and moves out, that loophole will be firmly closed!!!! (His bedroom is a boxroom!)…..They’ll twist the law to suit them, coz they are the law, and they have almost complete impunity to their misdeeds……Our war disabled veterans that have served in the middle east can’t even get benefits;as shown on Dispatches last week, he should never have had to appeal to be awarded his benefit. I thought IDS was ex-army, yet he shows no compassion towards his comrades, who have fought or are still fighting, for our country…Okay……ranting done!!!

Please see this link for more info: http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2013/03/bedroom-tax-but-what-is-a-bedroom/


F.M.