Ministers welcomed the news on Wednesday that between September and the previous month, the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants fell by 20,400 and the unemployment rate remains six per cent.
When you read it and you think about it carefully, there is no reason whatsoever to celebrate. Why? If the unemployment rate remains the same but the number of those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen by 20,400 this means that about 20,400 who need to be supported because they have no jobs are no longer supported.
What happened to them? Did they die? Did they leave the country? Are they surviving on the streets or surviving at their relatives expense? Where is the reason to celebrate?
Are among the 20,000 or so becoming like the couple pictured? Is this what Ministers are celebrating? If they have no jobs and get no Jobseekers Allowance, will people be begging on the streets?
Unemployment rate remains the same.What is going down is the number of people getting any kind of support and this means that ten of thousands have either given up or being abandoned or both.