Saturday, February 01, 2014

Robbed of "billions of dollars"?

I don't have the time to make a new chart in Excel so apologies for the effort below which adds the Jobseeker line missing from Daily Blog/ Mike Treen's post that claimed the unemployed (purple line) were being robbed of "billions of dollars"  in being denied unemployment benefits (blue line). He was quite explicit that other working age benefits hadn't risen, so where had the 100,000 entitled to an unemployment benefit disappeared to?

For many years the sickness benefit and DPB acted as de facto unemployment benefits. Now that the reforms have partially prevented that by putting work expectations on more people this is the result. But there are not 100,000 people unemployed without any support from the benefit system - what the Daily Blog would have us believe.

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