I’d say you can’t argue with the figures, but we have a government of Tories and Tory Democrats. See for yourself.
In 2010 a total of 698,000 people had been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, the Work Related Activity Group element of Employment Support Allowance (WRAG ESA), Income Support for Lone Parents (ISLP), or a combination of these, for three out of the last four years. By 2013 this figure had leapt to an astonishing 1,244,000.
This does not represent everyone who has been on long-term benefits. Whilst the statistical release doesn’t explain why these claimants were singled out in the figures it seems likely it is because all of those on these benefits are subject to ‘conditionality’. That means they face workfare, benefit sanctions and all the so-called ‘help’ of the welfare-to-work sector to try and bully them off benefits. Many will have endured two years…
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