Distorted and Massaged: the dole claimant figures – David Hencke


George Osborne’s great claims that the UK is on the road to jobs recovery has already been attacked for producing a mass of new low paid jobs, zero rated contracts and a boom in part-time working, writes David Hencke in his blog.

A closer analysis recently provided by the House of Commons library breaking down unemployment by constituency reveals a rather different disturbing and divided picture. And it officially shows the current claimant count is being massaged by Iain Duncan Smith, the works and pensions secretary, to underestimate the number of dole claimants on benefit.

There is also a disturbing picture that has gone unnoticed because of the debacle by works and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, in launching universal credit. At  the moment it covers about 0.3 per cent of the population.

The Commons library reveals that currently statistics are not being collected from people on universal credit to find out whether they are in work or unemployed when they claim the benefit.

Mr Osborne better be very careful if he starts talking up the big drop among the unemployed in the North before the next general election based on these massaged statistics.

For the bigger picture, read the full article on David Hencke’s site.

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3 thoughts on “Distorted and Massaged: the dole claimant figures – David Hencke

  1. Jim Cameron

    A question I’ve been asking is whether these new ‘self employed’ stats (dubious to start with as a reflection of actual job creation) are currently being used in ‘full time employment’ figures?

  2. Neil Mac

    Never, in recent history, has this country been saddled with such thoroughly dishonest and corrupt politicians and they don’t even try to hide it.

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