There's a Jobcentre manager in Hull who might be regretting the "facts" he gave to the local paper. He certainly should be. The Hull Daily Mail reported today "2,000 jobs on offer in Hull, but no takers, Jobcentre says". Hull has double the national average of people on JSA, so this would be a big story if true. But the comments in reaction show that it isn't. Somebody went on the direct.gov website and found only 250 vacancies within 15 miles of Hull, and most of those were for people with specific qualifications like an HGV licence. Other people pointed out that many listed vacancies are not jobs at all. And so on; I don't need to labour the point for many of my readers. But it's been repeated on the BBC's website as "Concern over Hull's 2,000 unfilled job vacancies", and again on the local news. I can't imagine that unemployed people in Hull are too thrilled about this. Is it happening where you are?
This sort of very damaging myth helps the government. The Guardian reports that Iain Duncan Smith is about to put his proposals for welfare cuts before the government. They will include "freezing the up-rating of benefits for two years and then linking it to pay as opposed to inflation". Because, of course, if there are all those workshy people out there they don't deserve any more.