UK Unemployed

You're More Likely To Be In Work, But Your Pay Is Still Not Rising...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has welcomed official figures showing that the number of unemployed Britons has fallen below two million for the first time since 2008. ...

Clacton's Unemployed Must End Ukip's Advance

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A UKIP win in Clacton may shake up the British political scene, but it will improve nothing for unemployed people.

Unemployment Fall Disguises Serious Poverty in the UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

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.

Lib Dems Head for Meltdown as They Pick Benefit Row With Tories

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Liberal Democrats decided early on that the politically expedient thing to do was to take ownership of all the government's actions even when they ideologically disagreed with them. Voters may accept parties changing policies over time, but they will not forget the hypocritical positions taken by a party simply to look 'governmental'.

Why Can't You Get a Good Job? Wrong School

Nick Stephenson | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

If you have ever wondered why you can't get a top job, it turns out that unless you went to one of a handful of the most expensive private schools in Britain, you stand very little chance of breaking in.

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

More Unemployed Misery as Falling Wages and Self-Employment Woes Hit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today's official unemployment figures show a familiar pattern to those who watch them regularly.

IDS Survives Cabinet Cull But McVey Promotion Means Nothing to Unemployed

Nick Stephenson | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Hated work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith survived the Tory night of the long knives to keep his cabinet job. But in a move which is more about presentation than policy, employment minister and Smith deputy Esther McVey will also attend cabinet meetings.

Labour Goes Back to the New as It Panders to Benefit Haters

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The UK already has the lowest level of unemployment benefit in western Europe, and one of the highest levels of inequality, so taking from one side to give to the other would be an obvious solution to the economic issue.

Pay and Self-Employment Crisis Impoverishes as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The rate of unemployment fell from 6.8% to 6.6% in the last three months, leading to government rejoicing. A rise too in the number of people in work - up 345,000 compared to the previous three months - looks good on the face of it...

More Than Half New 'Jobs' Are Self-Employment - And Most Earn Below Minimum Wage

Nick Stephenson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today announced another fall in unemployment and rise in employment, but recent troubling patterns are continuing. In the three months to March 2014, unemployment fell 133,000 to 2.2 million people, or 6.8% of the working age population...

Coalition Finds New Way to Bash Claimants - Immediate Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who believed the government had exhausted its supply of welfare-demonising policies were in for a cruel shock as the Tories reached down the back of the sofa and pulled out another billy club.

Tories Back Full Employment - But Have No Idea How to Get There

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This devotion to support for the rich rather than the poor, and the decision to prioritise their interests at the expense of those lower down, is unlikely to bring the jobs he desires the in-work prosperity so needed by the majority.

Universal Jobmatch Farce Shows Coalition Doesn't Understand the Real Cost of Cuts

Nick Stephenson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The government is planning to end its Universal Jobmatch contract early with the scheme descending into farce. Signing up to the site is a condition of receiving Jobseeker's Allowance for most unemployed people, who have been forced to use it under threat of losing their benefits...

68,000 Wrongly Sanctioned Shows the Benefit System Is Broken

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who want to suggest solutions to the sanctions issue - one of the biggest facing unemployed people in the UK - need to acknowledge that the system that implements it is broken and delivers far more misery and poverty than justice.

'Pick Fruit Or Lose Your Benefits' Minister Says

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics

Unemployed Britons should have to pick fruit on farms or be stripped of their benefits, farming minister George Eustice has suggested. The Tory min...

Claimants to Be Locked Out of Appeals as Government Denies Access to Justice

Nick Stephenson | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A secret internal document from the Department for Work and Pensions shows that the coalition is planning to charge claimants for appealing against benefit sanctions.

IDS Dismisses Scrutiny as MPs Give Him a Mauling on Universal Credit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Iain Duncan Smith appeared in front of the work and pensions committee of MPs yesterday, but decided against illuminating them - and us - about his work. His Universal Credit scheme, widely recognised to be failing due in great part to his poor management and lack of financial acumen, was the main item on the agenda.

Fake Self-Employment Replaces Real Jobs in Sick UK Economy

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

More than half of the new 'jobs' created in the UK economy since 2008 have been in self-employment, and the income they attract has taken a sharp dive.

Jobless Forgotten in Coverage of Interest Rates as Unemployment Falls

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Unemployment has shown a big fall in the last three months and now stands at 7.1% of the working population. But coverage of the issue has focused on the likely result of this fall on interest rates. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has said he will not raise interest rates, which have been stuck at 0.5% since 2009, until unemployment drops to 7%.

UnemployedNet's 2014 Resolutions for a Better New Year

Nick Stephenson | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Well we've made it. The turkey has finished its traditional journey from shop to roast to sandwich to curry to bin and 2014 is well and truly with us. Those of us interested in political and social issues, particularly unemployment, are glad to see the back of last year...

2013 in Unemployment - Media and Government Combine to Kick the Workless

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The one apparent bright spot, the fall in unemployment, came with more caveats than the average party election manifesto. More are working part-time only because they can't find full-time work while those earning less than premiership footballers have lost hundreds more pounds this year as wages still haven't kept pace with inflation.

Young Bear Brunt as Chancellor Plays Politics With Autumn Statement

Nick Stephenson | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Demoralised by a lack of work, the young are further demotivated by the lack of opportunity they face and the knowledge that they are part of a million-strong army of kids chasing the few openings there are with little real work experience.

Labour Threatens Young People With Benefit Withdrawal - But Is This Hot Air?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This morning's papers were full of headlines trumpeting a plan to end benefits for the under-25s, a bizarre and infantilising idea when dealing with the needs of adults. The claims were denied by Reeves... If the denial is true it is welcome.

DWP - Too Political, Not Independent Enough?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The separation between government and civil service is a vital one. Governments come and go, but the civil service is permanent, and only works when it stands apart and acts as a bulwark against the worst excesses of politicians. So a press release that found on the Department of Work and Pensions website on Monday tips over an invisible but vital line of trust.