TUC Claims Unemployment Could Be Twice Official Figure

According to data supplied by the Trades Union Congress, the number of unemployed people in the UK announced by the official statistics is not the actual one. In fact they appear to be almost twice more.

In the announcement of the TUC, an organisation representing the majority of UK trade unions, apart from the 2.56 million people whom the Office for National Statistics said were the only unemployed, there were other 2.26 million more who are economically inactive so they were not counted. The Legal Stop is trying to help by providing high quality employment documents and a free job application form.

“Unemployment may have started to fall in recent months but we are still in the midst of a job crisis,” said the TUC’s general secretary, Frances O’Grady. “The true scale of unemployment is far bigger than official figures suggest, as nearly five million people say they want work today.”

She added that the situation at the labour market was far from the desired one with a further 1.4 million people who needed a full-time job but found no other option but start part-time work with the only aim to earn some money.

In her view the information supplied that there was a drop in unemployment rates was not true. The 46,000 people who were said to have found jobs, have started something with just a few hours and in most cases with zero hour contracts.

However, according to the employment minister, Mark Hoban, the unions were not able to bear the economic growth. He pointed out the fact that the unions were out of touch because they did not welcome even the news about the high rates of employment.

 

 

Psychometric Test For Jobseekers Slammed

The psychometric test which was until now considered as a helpful one for job seekers to identify their strengths was directly called pointless (the job application form is still valid, though. )

The government’s Behavioural Insights Team made a questionnaire called My Strengths questionnaire with a number of statements to which the participants have to answer to what degree they agree with them. Among the mentioned are “I am easily bored” and “I have not created anything of beauty in the last year”.

The number of questions is 48. After them the respondents are given a summary of their five key strengths based on their answers. Good examples of these keys are let’s say “curiosity” and “originality”.

Later on the job seekers are proposed to think how these strengths could help them when searching job and invent at least one new way to use them everyday. For example how to use business document templates in a different way everyday.

No matter that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stated that people’s attitude towards the test had been positive, shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne said: “Ministers seem to have got jobseekers wasting time on mumbo-jumbo personality tests when they should be looking for work.”

The Guardian came out with an article talking about a single mother who was threatened by DWP that if she did not complete the questionnaire her jobseeker’s allowance would have to be withdrawn.

However according to the opinion of many bloggers if they answered “very much like me” on every question the final results would be the same as when “very much unlike me” is chosen every time.

A spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office tried to defend the test, stating that it had been tested in academic environment in the US.

 

 

The Universal Credit Benefits System is Now Being Tested

The new universal credit benefits system is now being tested in Greater Manchester. Many new legal document templates will be presented to the customers not only in Manchester, but to those from all over England.

Working people(those who have an employment contract) and those seeking work(who need a job application form) will not pay multiple separate benefit payments and tax credit but a single payout.

The scheme will start functioning across the whole country in October.

The expected results from the overhaul are simpler welfare system and assurance that people would be able to move off benefits and into work easily.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “What we have to do is to start changing people, and that’s what this system is about.

“It’s about trying to help those who are the most vulnerable to get ready for the world of work, and that will improve their lives dramatically.”

Many people shared they were concerned because not everyone had access to the internet.

Others mentioned the fact that in most of the cases such complex computer systems are not as reliable as expected so things could go wrong.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne said he liked the idea but according to him it was late for such a scheme and it was over budget.

However, unions criticized the government strongly as it did not focus on creating more jobs but ‘demonising’ people who are out of work.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union would stage a protest in Ashton-under-Lyne.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “If Universal Credit was being introduced to genuinely make life easier for people entitled to benefits it would be commendable, but the Government’s pernicious language exposes its real intent is to demonise and punish them.”

 

 

Benefits Cap Introduced In Some Areas Of London

The new cap of benefits which now the government has begun to roll out, are expected to cover the whole country. Many people are wondering if this will affect the redundancy policy in the UK in any way.

Today the London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey will limit the amount of money which parents can receive from various benefits- couples and single parents will get £500 a week and single people will receive £350 a week. What will happen to the parental leave then?

The cap will now include people receiving disability benefits but will include income from jobseeker’s allowance, income support, housing benefit and child benefit. May be we`ll need a job application form templates more than ever.

From July to September the scheme will be introduced in other areas in England, Scotland and Wales.

The aim of this move is that the Department for Work and Pensions saves £110m a year.

In the words of employment minister Mark Hoban they aimed to create an affordable benefits system.

“This is about fairness,” said Hoban. “There are people in this country making difficult choices about where they live and who don’t claim housing benefits. If they want to escape the benefits cap, the best way to do it is to move into work.”

However, critics claim this move would make couples break up so that they would escape many financial limitations.

Investigations show that the main part of the non-working families with four or more children will be forced below the poverty line.

Others say that housing benefits cap would pay directly to landlords so the better thing the government could try to do is to call for more affordable housing and lower rents.