Thursday, 13 October 2011

Rising unemployment

Britain is facing a winter of rising unemployment after the jobless total rose to its highest level for 17 years in an illustration of how the painfully slow recovery from recession is taking its toll on the labour market – so said The Financial Times.

The rise of 114,000 to 2.57m was much larger than economists and experts in these matters were expecting. It took the jobless rate to a new high peak of 8.1 per cent of the workforce out on the dole in the three months to August – the highest and tallest peak for 15 years and a rise of 0.4 percentage points on the previous three months.

The number of public sector jobs fell by 110,000 and only 41,000 jobs were created by private firms, blowing apart the Government’s claim the private sector would lead a return to growth.
Rising unemployment has cut the amount of money the government holds in reserve to pay out-of-work benefits, new figures reveal.

The National Insurance Fund lost £4.5bn in the year to March 2010 - the first time since 1993 it has gone down.

All UK workers’ pay into the fund - sickness benefits and jobseekers allowance are paid from it if needed, but you wouldn’t have thought that the way unemployed workers are treated these days.

The Jobseekers Act 1995 which came into force in 1996 outlawed the so-called something-for-nothing benefit culture. Every time a jobseeker signs on he or she must specify evidence showing that he or she has attempted to seek work. Jobseekers are obligated to register for any "training" to better their job prospects. Jobseekers are even forced to apply for selected jobs issued by an Employment Officer (EO) in the form of a Jobseekers Direction (JSD).

Jobseekers do not have the ability to free choice of labour – if submitted to a job they are expected to take it – regardless if they have a decent enough reason not to. Jobseekers are also required to attend specific dates as requested in writing to a depressing building called Jobcentre Plus.  You can’t be a few minutes late but you could be waiting up to an hour to sign on without even an apology.

So get rid of any thought that jobseekers are people happy to live off the "dole" – its way below the poverty line and there are only a handful if that of people who are happy to remain on the dole. 

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