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'Right Dee' swings behind UKIP as she betrays those on Benefits Street

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 13:12 -- nick

Channel 4's Benefits Street was one of the TV lowlights of the last year.

The participants were clearly chosen to fit stereotypes rather than to provide a realistic view of the experience of life on benefits, and misinformation was fed to viewers by both programme makers and those on screen, including the key idea that nine out of ten people on the street were unemployed.

Cameron to end youth unemployment by stopping counting them

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 14:29 -- nick

David Cameron's government has shown itself to be one of the most anti-unemployed in living memory.

Between bedroom taxes, benefit caps and cuts, official food bank referrals followed by denials, sanctions targets, negative - and entirely misleading - rhetoric describing workless people as shirkers and worse, it is no exaggeration to describe it as being defined by a hatred of the jobless.

Anti-benefits views the fault of politicians - and Blair started it

Fri, 26/09/2014 - 14:32 -- nick

The UK is in the strange position of having some of the lowest benefits in Europe and some of the most anti-benefits views.

At UnemployedNet, we have laid a big part of the blame for this at the door of the government and newspapers, which seem to be determined to point at the tiny level of benefit fraud as the key to Britain's financial troubles lest we all look at tax avoidance and evasion by the rich friends of those politicians and papers, a huge cost which could be worth £120 billion per year.

Further evidence has just emerged which backs this up.

Next coalition unemployment policy - pay them to leave?

Wed, 24/09/2014 - 14:34 -- nick

The Tory-led coalition has introduced a raft of anti-unemployed policies since 2010.

Between bedroom taxes, benefit caps and cuts, official food bank referrals followed by denials, sanctions targets, negative - and entirely misleading - rhetoric describing workless people as shirkers and worse, it is no exaggeration to describe it as one of the most virulently poor-bashing governments in living memory.

Labour to boost minimum wage to £8 to help make work really pay

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 14:05 -- nick

The Labour party has announced a new policy that could revolutionise life for Britain's worst-paid workers and help unemployed people afford to take jobs.

If they get into government at the 2015 election, Ed Miliband has promised to raise the minimum wage over the next parliament to £8 per hour by 2019.

The rate is due to rise to £6.50 shortly, equating to £13,520 per year for a full time worker doing 40 hours per week.

That same worker will earn £16,640 under Miliband's plan, £3,120 more than currently.

Could Scotland's 'No' vote lead to the end of the Work Programme?

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 13:54 -- nick

The people of Scotland have spoken, and they believe we are better together after all.

The dust hasn't settled on this historic vote, but the win for 'no' was gained by English politicians entering the fray at the last minute and promising more powers for the region.

Realising that they have to head off potential Welsh and Northern Irish nationalism if they want the UK to remain a single entity, and answer charges of London-centric policy making from English regions, all parties agree that powers need to be devolved.

Unemployment falls disguise serious poverty in the UK

Wed, 17/09/2014 - 12:39 -- nick

Unemployment has continued to fall as the claimed economic bounce back saw more UK citizens find work.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show the same pattern as the last year, but signs of a slowdown in the number entering work mean the country is not out of the woods yet.

Although unemployment fell by 146,000 in the last three months to 2.02 million, the number actually in work only went up by 74,000, ending a run of figures showing hundreds of thousands more getting jobs.

Concern over benefits doubles as papers and politicians drag attitudes down

Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:13 -- nick

At UnemployedNet we write regularly on the effect the media and politicians have on the debate over benefits.

An article in the Mail Online lets us measure how big this effect has been.

The Mail has been walking the tightrope between its traditional support for the Tories and a new infatuation with UKIP recently, and this piece is no different.

More jobs available but skills shortages mean many left unfilled

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:55 -- nick

The number of job vacancies is rising at its fastest rate for 16 years according to a new report.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs – published today – shows that demand for staff is rising at its fastest rate since 1998, suggesting better times are ahead for unemployed people.



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