Polly On Welfare

Unemployment is a Labour triumph – at its lowest in 30 years. Numbers on incapacity benefit are down.

so Pathways to Work is now being rolled out aimed at 1m people out of the 2.6m on incapacity benefit who say they want to work and are reckoned capable of it.


5 thoughts on “Polly On Welfare”

  1. Polly has also understandably (or conveniently) overlooked the rise in the infamous NEETs?

    “In 1997, when Gordon Brown announced the ‘most radical welfare reforms since the Second World War’, he declared that the unemployed young would be first in the firing line. ‘How,’ he asked, ‘did a society like ours get itself into a position where we are wasting young people’s talents like this?’ . . .

    “But, 10 years on, the work ethic that Mr Brown was so confident he could inculcate in the nation’s jobless youth remains elusive. In fact, things have got worse: the phenomenon of Neets (young people ‘not in education, employment or training’) is on the rise.

    “More than 1.2 million 16- to 24-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales – almost a fifth of the age group – are spending their time doing literally nothing, according to a study published last week. Among their ranks are the troubled, the badly educated, and the feckless and work-shy. In the 16 to 19 age bracket, 11 per cent are classed as Neets – double the proportion in Germany and France.”

  2. I rather enjoyed “benefit fraud down from £2.5bn to £800,000”.

    Clearly in need of an editor’s pen, but I suspect that’s what Polly typed in the first place. Because she’s an idiot.

  3. Even when NEETs are not technically that, i.e. they are in some course or other, it is not really education, employment or training. Anyone who signs up for a three-month course in something called dancing is off that list for the duration, then back on it. It is a way of massaging the figures, nothing more.

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