I pointed out the claim that there were 2,000 vacancies in Hull, an area of high unemployment. Despite the exposure of this claim as at best highly misleading, it has taken wings. Today the Express has turned it into "Unemployment 'blackspot' that has 7,000 jobs going begging". Yes, you read that right, 7,000. Because, as everyone knows, only about 30% of vacancies are advertised in the Jobcentres. The story does point out what some of those vacancies actually are; highly specialised and requiring qualifications (and they include Army jobs!). But that doesn't deter the DWP chap. "Stuart Griffiths, Hull district manager for the Department for Work and Pensions, said unemployed people had a misconception that there were no jobs on offer. He said: 'It is a myth that there are no jobs out there. People sometimes come into our offices and say there are no jobs out there but it is simply not true. These might not be the jobs of people’s dreams – we accept not everyone wants to be a carer or a butcher, for example. We all want to create and attract new jobs into the city, and we all want the jobs from large companies. But what we are saying is, if people want to train to work in renewables, for example, why not take a job now and earn money so you can train towards the career you want?'"
Hang on, how many of these jobs are open to trainees with no experience? And it doesn't deter the odious Taxpayers' Alliance. "Last night Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: 'It is ludicrous that we are paying out so much in jobseekers’ allowance when there are jobs out there waiting to be filled. The welfare system has long needed reform so that it both equips people for work and ensures they take the jobs on offer. With money tight we can’t afford for people to remain out of employment. It is vital that the welfare system ensures that work pays and that dodging it does not.'"
That's the agenda, of course. All those people in Hull, and elsewhere, who are desperate for work have now been branded as workshy, and it feeds the far right's determination to destroy the welfare system.
Strange, but no one has mentioned the Work Programme. You would think the providers in the area (they don't include A4e) would have a comment to make.