MP welcomes drop in unemployment figures

John Glen MP

John Glen MP

First published in News

UNEMPLOYMENT rates in the Salisbury constituency have dropped to 0.9 per cent according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

The latest results mean that Salisbury is placed 21 out of 650 constituencies when it comes to people claiming unemployment benefits in the UK.

Last month only 429 people in Salisbury claimed job seekers’ allowance – a drop of 370 compared to July 2013.

This remains well below the national average which is 6.4 per cent.

John Glen, Salisbury MP, said: “This is extremely welcome news and provides strong evidence that the tough decisions taken by the Coalition Government are having a positive impact on the local economy.

“There is a lot more to be done and I remain concerned to see the right support is put in place to help the 410 who remain unemployed in the constituency.”

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12:45pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Grampie says...

Traditionally, Salisbury has always had a low unemployment rate and the latest figures are welcome

It would be interesting to know what the unemployment figures were before the coalition government came to power as a comparison to the latest figures.

In the meantime there are more self employed, which, in many cases means a lowering of overall income and security, fewer police, fewer fire fighters, fewer people in environmental health, cuts in social services, cuts in bus services, cuts in the armed services.

Wages are stagnant, more people are on zero hours working and more people using the food banks.

In other words, lies damned lies and statistics.

I know somebody who never got a job in the latest government re-shuffle, but his neighbouring MP, Claire Perry did
Traditionally, Salisbury has always had a low unemployment rate and the latest figures are welcome It would be interesting to know what the unemployment figures were before the coalition government came to power as a comparison to the latest figures. In the meantime there are more self employed, which, in many cases means a lowering of overall income and security, fewer police, fewer fire fighters, fewer people in environmental health, cuts in social services, cuts in bus services, cuts in the armed services. Wages are stagnant, more people are on zero hours working and more people using the food banks. In other words, lies damned lies and statistics. I know somebody who never got a job in the latest government re-shuffle, but his neighbouring MP, Claire Perry did Grampie
  • Score: 44

7:59pm Sun 17 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

It's a simple mistake to make and, let's assume it is a mistake and not a deliberate ploy to misinform the public. The measure of people who are in work and those are not in work is not the number claiming job seekers allowance. The number of people targeted by the DWP under the intensified campaign to remove JSA from as many people as possible, increasingly under ridiculously punitive measures has soared in the last year to just under one million. Now, these people are not in paid employment, they have simply been sanctioned and more often than not end up relying on free food handouts and charity, hence the rise in charity and free food handouts.
The real unemployment figures for Salisbury will become apparent sooner rather than later when all of the recently publicised job losses e.g. Porton Down (550) and Youth workers (100+) to name just two, come into effect.
Of course, making work pay has been one of the story mantras during their reign of terror but ironically almost 60% of people claiming benefits now are actually in work. Don't forget this though, it's not a handout, it's not welfare and it's not something for nothing. It's something the people have paid into all of their life for it to be there for them when times are hard, like now. It does not belong to the government for them to cut, it belongs to you, you paid for it, not them.
It's a simple mistake to make and, let's assume it is a mistake and not a deliberate ploy to misinform the public. The measure of people who are in work and those are not in work is not the number claiming job seekers allowance. The number of people targeted by the DWP under the intensified campaign to remove JSA from as many people as possible, increasingly under ridiculously punitive measures has soared in the last year to just under one million. Now, these people are not in paid employment, they have simply been sanctioned and more often than not end up relying on free food handouts and charity, hence the rise in charity and free food handouts. The real unemployment figures for Salisbury will become apparent sooner rather than later when all of the recently publicised job losses e.g. Porton Down (550) and Youth workers (100+) to name just two, come into effect. Of course, making work pay has been one of the story mantras during their reign of terror but ironically almost 60% of people claiming benefits now are actually in work. Don't forget this though, it's not a handout, it's not welfare and it's not something for nothing. It's something the people have paid into all of their life for it to be there for them when times are hard, like now. It does not belong to the government for them to cut, it belongs to you, you paid for it, not them. karlmarx
  • Score: 41

8:06pm Sun 17 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

I must say it is nice to be able to debate and discuss issues with an MP again. The latest 'views from the commons' seem to partly obscured and cloudy due to the fact that the public have not been allowed to comment on all four local Tory MPs blogs. A sign of the future under this regime, freedom of speech being slowly eroded?
Dangerous days ahead indeed...
I must say it is nice to be able to debate and discuss issues with an MP again. The latest 'views from the commons' seem to partly obscured and cloudy due to the fact that the public have not been allowed to comment on all four local Tory MPs blogs. A sign of the future under this regime, freedom of speech being slowly eroded? Dangerous days ahead indeed... karlmarx
  • Score: 43

9:25pm Mon 18 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Myth busted!

Has anybody else noticed the eerie similarity between the drop in unemployment over the last three months, recorded by the Office for National Statistics (132,000), and the number of jobseekers put on sanction by the Department for Work and Pensions every month (170,000)?
According to a Guardian report, the Lib Dems said the number of sanction referrals has increased from around 60,000 a month in the early part of the last decade to around 170,000 today – and went on to state that around 15 per cent of these sanctions were overturned on the grounds that the decision was flawed.

That means 144,500 jobseekers would be off-benefit at the moment. If the figures show a drop of only 132,000, then unemployment has in fact risen by 12,500 people!

People claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance who have their benefits sanctioned by DWP staff are not included in unemployment counts. Nor are those who have been sucked into mandatory work activity schemes, for that matter…

The Liberal Democrats, you see, want to introduce a “yellow card” system – well they would; yellow is their colour – to give rule-breaking jobseekers a final warning before sanctions are imposed, and DWP bosses a chance to check the facts and avoid mistakes.

On the face of it, this might seem like a good idea – and it would be very interesting to monitor such a scheme, if implemented.

If the claimant count were to rise, we would have proof that the Conservatives have been using sanctions to manipulate the figures.
Myth busted! Has anybody else noticed the eerie similarity between the drop in unemployment over the last three months, recorded by the Office for National Statistics (132,000), and the number of jobseekers put on sanction by the Department for Work and Pensions every month (170,000)? According to a Guardian report, the Lib Dems said the number of sanction referrals has increased from around 60,000 a month in the early part of the last decade to around 170,000 today – and went on to state that around 15 per cent of these sanctions were overturned on the grounds that the decision was flawed. That means 144,500 jobseekers would be off-benefit at the moment. If the figures show a drop of only 132,000, then unemployment has in fact risen by 12,500 people! People claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance who have their benefits sanctioned by DWP staff are not included in unemployment counts. Nor are those who have been sucked into mandatory work activity schemes, for that matter… The Liberal Democrats, you see, want to introduce a “yellow card” system – well they would; yellow is their colour – to give rule-breaking jobseekers a final warning before sanctions are imposed, and DWP bosses a chance to check the facts and avoid mistakes. On the face of it, this might seem like a good idea – and it would be very interesting to monitor such a scheme, if implemented. If the claimant count were to rise, we would have proof that the Conservatives have been using sanctions to manipulate the figures. karlmarx
  • Score: 42

9:16am Tue 19 Aug 14

Sustainer says...

It seems a shame that the people who are so obviously best suited to running the Govt/County/City are just too busy writing to the Journal. Our loss!
It seems a shame that the people who are so obviously best suited to running the Govt/County/City are just too busy writing to the Journal. Our loss! Sustainer
  • Score: -42

10:05am Tue 19 Aug 14

Grampie says...

Sustainer wrote:
It seems a shame that the people who are so obviously best suited to running the Govt/County/City are just too busy writing to the Journal. Our loss!
Well put yourself up for public office as others who post on here have.

It is no good just writing on here like you do, get involved.
[quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: It seems a shame that the people who are so obviously best suited to running the Govt/County/City are just too busy writing to the Journal. Our loss![/p][/quote]Well put yourself up for public office as others who post on here have. It is no good just writing on here like you do, get involved. Grampie
  • Score: 35

10:59am Tue 19 Aug 14

Sustainer says...

Lou Holz sums it up well "The problem with having a sense of humour is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood."
Lou Holz sums it up well "The problem with having a sense of humour is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood." Sustainer
  • Score: -47

3:10pm Tue 19 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Sustainer wrote:
It seems a shame that the people who are so obviously best suited to running the Govt/County/City are just too busy writing to the Journal. Our loss!
And we do it all for FREE, unlike those who professionally ruin the country and get 'awarded' 11% pay hikes and claim massive expenses (sometimes fraudulently).
Don't worry sus, I am also politically active elsewhere, you may see me out and about in the run up to the election. I support those who represent me, (without having to offer them bribes for peerages) by choice, not financial reward.
[quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: It seems a shame that the people who are so obviously best suited to running the Govt/County/City are just too busy writing to the Journal. Our loss![/p][/quote]And we do it all for FREE, unlike those who professionally ruin the country and get 'awarded' 11% pay hikes and claim massive expenses (sometimes fraudulently). Don't worry sus, I am also politically active elsewhere, you may see me out and about in the run up to the election. I support those who represent me, (without having to offer them bribes for peerages) by choice, not financial reward. karlmarx
  • Score: 43

8:40pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Grampie says...

Sustainer wrote:
Lou Holz sums it up well "The problem with having a sense of humour is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood."
What has made you grumpy,Sus?

Always look on the bright side of life, once the Tories are out of power.
[quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: Lou Holz sums it up well "The problem with having a sense of humour is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood."[/p][/quote]What has made you grumpy,Sus? Always look on the bright side of life, once the Tories are out of power. Grampie
  • Score: 46

3:32pm Wed 20 Aug 14

RNBanerji says...

The unemployment numbers should be welcomed. Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy. We have taken the tough decisions to clean up Labour's mess, and thanks to these choices, we are now beginning to see the economy recover and growing confidence.

But we are making sure the recovery is fair too. That's why we have prioritised creating jobs and apprenticeships. Nationally, we have:

Helped businesses create over 1 million new jobs and are working to create a million more.
Created a record number of apprentices, with over 1.8 million people starting an apprenticeship since 2010.
Invested in key sectors, like manufacturing, so we can build a new hi-tech economy.

The Labour party can't be trusted on the economy. They borrowed and borrowed and nearly bankrupted the nation. Now they have no answers on how to fix the mess they created.

I remember when Cameron told the country we couldn't afford to give thousands of people a tax cut of a few hundred pounds. Because of Liberal Democrats in government; today in Wiltshire UA there are now 18,530 removed from paying any income tax and 192,600 people with a £800 income tax cut. That translate for the constituency of Salisbury over 48,000 people having received a £800 tax cut, £700 last year, £600 the year before as well as over 6,000 local hard working people taken out of paying tax altogether.

I think it is fair to say this would never have happened under a conservative majority government.

The sanctions policy of claimants clearly is a tory driven exercise in wasting public money as often at the appeals stage claimants are reinstated with rightful benefits. It is Liberal Democrats in government who are tempering tory distrust of struggling and hard working people with prudence and finacial competence.
The unemployment numbers should be welcomed. Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy. We have taken the tough decisions to clean up Labour's mess, and thanks to these choices, we are now beginning to see the economy recover and growing confidence. But we are making sure the recovery is fair too. That's why we have prioritised creating jobs and apprenticeships. Nationally, we have: Helped businesses create over 1 million new jobs and are working to create a million more. Created a record number of apprentices, with over 1.8 million people starting an apprenticeship since 2010. Invested in key sectors, like manufacturing, so we can build a new hi-tech economy. The Labour party can't be trusted on the economy. They borrowed and borrowed and nearly bankrupted the nation. Now they have no answers on how to fix the mess they created. I remember when Cameron told the country we couldn't afford to give thousands of people a tax cut of a few hundred pounds. Because of Liberal Democrats in government; today in Wiltshire UA there are now 18,530 removed from paying any income tax and 192,600 people with a £800 income tax cut. That translate for the constituency of Salisbury over 48,000 people having received a £800 tax cut, £700 last year, £600 the year before as well as over 6,000 local hard working people taken out of paying tax altogether. I think it is fair to say this would never have happened under a conservative majority government. The sanctions policy of claimants clearly is a tory driven exercise in wasting public money as often at the appeals stage claimants are reinstated with rightful benefits. It is Liberal Democrats in government who are tempering tory distrust of struggling and hard working people with prudence and finacial competence. RNBanerji
  • Score: -9

9:37pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Grampie says...

RNBanerji wrote:
The unemployment numbers should be welcomed. Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy. We have taken the tough decisions to clean up Labour's mess, and thanks to these choices, we are now beginning to see the economy recover and growing confidence.

But we are making sure the recovery is fair too. That's why we have prioritised creating jobs and apprenticeships. Nationally, we have:

Helped businesses create over 1 million new jobs and are working to create a million more.
Created a record number of apprentices, with over 1.8 million people starting an apprenticeship since 2010.
Invested in key sectors, like manufacturing, so we can build a new hi-tech economy.

The Labour party can't be trusted on the economy. They borrowed and borrowed and nearly bankrupted the nation. Now they have no answers on how to fix the mess they created.

I remember when Cameron told the country we couldn't afford to give thousands of people a tax cut of a few hundred pounds. Because of Liberal Democrats in government; today in Wiltshire UA there are now 18,530 removed from paying any income tax and 192,600 people with a £800 income tax cut. That translate for the constituency of Salisbury over 48,000 people having received a £800 tax cut, £700 last year, £600 the year before as well as over 6,000 local hard working people taken out of paying tax altogether.

I think it is fair to say this would never have happened under a conservative majority government.

The sanctions policy of claimants clearly is a tory driven exercise in wasting public money as often at the appeals stage claimants are reinstated with rightful benefits. It is Liberal Democrats in government who are tempering tory distrust of struggling and hard working people with prudence and finacial competence.
So true. All of this success is down to the Libdems and the Tories have done nothing.

The Libdems had nothing to do with the bedroom tax, creeping privatisation of the NHS, cuts in public services, imposition of university fees, reduced taxes for the wealthiest, cuts in the police, cuts in the fire services, cuts in social services.

As for those nasty labour people who caused a world wide recession., they will never be forgiven
[quote][p][bold]RNBanerji[/bold] wrote: The unemployment numbers should be welcomed. Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy. We have taken the tough decisions to clean up Labour's mess, and thanks to these choices, we are now beginning to see the economy recover and growing confidence. But we are making sure the recovery is fair too. That's why we have prioritised creating jobs and apprenticeships. Nationally, we have: Helped businesses create over 1 million new jobs and are working to create a million more. Created a record number of apprentices, with over 1.8 million people starting an apprenticeship since 2010. Invested in key sectors, like manufacturing, so we can build a new hi-tech economy. The Labour party can't be trusted on the economy. They borrowed and borrowed and nearly bankrupted the nation. Now they have no answers on how to fix the mess they created. I remember when Cameron told the country we couldn't afford to give thousands of people a tax cut of a few hundred pounds. Because of Liberal Democrats in government; today in Wiltshire UA there are now 18,530 removed from paying any income tax and 192,600 people with a £800 income tax cut. That translate for the constituency of Salisbury over 48,000 people having received a £800 tax cut, £700 last year, £600 the year before as well as over 6,000 local hard working people taken out of paying tax altogether. I think it is fair to say this would never have happened under a conservative majority government. The sanctions policy of claimants clearly is a tory driven exercise in wasting public money as often at the appeals stage claimants are reinstated with rightful benefits. It is Liberal Democrats in government who are tempering tory distrust of struggling and hard working people with prudence and finacial competence.[/p][/quote]So true. All of this success is down to the Libdems and the Tories have done nothing. The Libdems had nothing to do with the bedroom tax, creeping privatisation of the NHS, cuts in public services, imposition of university fees, reduced taxes for the wealthiest, cuts in the police, cuts in the fire services, cuts in social services. As for those nasty labour people who caused a world wide recession., they will never be forgiven Grampie
  • Score: 4

11:26pm Wed 20 Aug 14

RNBanerji says...

There is a growing confidence in our economy and the unemployment numbers underline this. The confidence is fragile and could very easy be undone. This is why we need a majority Liberal government and not Liberal working with the tories.

The tory bedroom tax is unworkable as there just aren't enough homes available. That's why the Liberal Democrats want a tenant to have turned down an offer of a smaller property before any of their housing benefit is withdrawn.

Four years ago, no financial or political pundit would have believed the economy is where it is today. Cuts to services were not made for the fun of it. Difficult decisions had to be made in the shadow of the greatest financial turmoil in living memory. Liberals were not voted in as the majority, we are working within the electorate's wishes.

Every piece of research shows that investment in early years education has massive saving implications. Savings in the NHS, Education, the Police Service, public services. We know tories dismiss this evidence.

Nonetheless, Liberal Democrats in government have given all 3 and 4 year olds 15 hours of free early education per week for the first time ever.
Given working families £1,200 for every child in childcare.
Given all infant school pupils a free school meal so they can concentrate in school.
No student will attend university after having paid an up-front fee, which was both a tory and Labour manifesto pledge. Nobody pays anything until they have graduated and earning over £21,000
Given Headteachers £2.5 billion Pupil Premium which targets extra money at pupils who need the help most as identified by their own teachers, working at the chalk face.

Would any of this investment for a fairer society have happened with a majority tory government? Although, I do agree that Labour are not nasty people. They are just incompetent.
There is a growing confidence in our economy and the unemployment numbers underline this. The confidence is fragile and could very easy be undone. This is why we need a majority Liberal government and not Liberal working with the tories. The tory bedroom tax is unworkable as there just aren't enough homes available. That's why the Liberal Democrats want a tenant to have turned down an offer of a smaller property before any of their housing benefit is withdrawn. Four years ago, no financial or political pundit would have believed the economy is where it is today. Cuts to services were not made for the fun of it. Difficult decisions had to be made in the shadow of the greatest financial turmoil in living memory. Liberals were not voted in as the majority, we are working within the electorate's wishes. Every piece of research shows that investment in early years education has massive saving implications. Savings in the NHS, Education, the Police Service, public services. We know tories dismiss this evidence. Nonetheless, Liberal Democrats in government have given all 3 and 4 year olds 15 hours of free early education per week for the first time ever. Given working families £1,200 for every child in childcare. Given all infant school pupils a free school meal so they can concentrate in school. No student will attend university after having paid an up-front fee, which was both a tory and Labour manifesto pledge. Nobody pays anything until they have graduated and earning over £21,000 Given Headteachers £2.5 billion Pupil Premium which targets extra money at pupils who need the help most as identified by their own teachers, working at the chalk face. Would any of this investment for a fairer society have happened with a majority tory government? Although, I do agree that Labour are not nasty people. They are just incompetent. RNBanerji
  • Score: -6

3:53am Thu 21 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

"Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy"
Only for the top 20% of earners though

"to clean up Labour's mess"
But it wasn't 'Labours mess' it was the financial sectors mess

"we are now beginning to see the economy recover and growing confidence."
Not the other 80% of earners though, see the rise of food banks, zero hour contracts and minimum wage earners

"Helped businesses create over 1 million new jobs and are working to create a million more."
Sanctions, zero hour contracts and minimum wage are not real jobs when you still have to claim benefits to survive

"Created a record number of apprentices, with over 1.8 million people starting an apprenticeship since 2010."
Because the Libdem traitors broke their manifesto pledge not to increase university tuition fees, they trebled them thus pricing poorer students out of university education

"Invested in key sectors, like manufacturing, so we can build a new hi-tech economy."
Sold key sectors to speculators who then sold them on at profit to overseas corporations who pay no taxes here

"The Labour party can't be trusted on the economy. They borrowed and borrowed and nearly bankrupted the nation. Now they have no answers on how to fix the mess they created."
The 'coalition' has borrowed more in 4 years than the previous 6 Labour governments did in all of their terms in office. They did not create the mess the financial sector did... QUOTE: Mervyn King tells MPs: 'The price of this financial crisis is being borne by people who absolutely did not cause it'

"people taken out of paying tax altogether"

Like millionaire tax cuts worth on average? Today, 13,000 millionaires got a tax cut from this Tory-led government. On the same day that millions of working families have their tax credits cut, millionaires will receive a giveaway worth on average £100,000. And paying tax is still optional for large multi-national corporations even in 2014.

"prudence and financial competence"

No, even when it is costing more than it saves they go ahead with it. There is a hidden agenda that is aimed at our welfare state, the pot we have all paid into all of our lives is being plundered by the 'coalition' to subsidise business, banks, speculators, millionaires tax cuts and politicians complicity in this scam.
"Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy" Only for the top 20% of earners though "to clean up Labour's mess" But it wasn't 'Labours mess' it was the financial sectors mess "we are now beginning to see the economy recover and growing confidence." Not the other 80% of earners though, see the rise of food banks, zero hour contracts and minimum wage earners "Helped businesses create over 1 million new jobs and are working to create a million more." Sanctions, zero hour contracts and minimum wage are not real jobs when you still have to claim benefits to survive "Created a record number of apprentices, with over 1.8 million people starting an apprenticeship since 2010." Because the Libdem traitors broke their manifesto pledge not to increase university tuition fees, they trebled them thus pricing poorer students out of university education "Invested in key sectors, like manufacturing, so we can build a new hi-tech economy." Sold key sectors to speculators who then sold them on at profit to overseas corporations who pay no taxes here "The Labour party can't be trusted on the economy. They borrowed and borrowed and nearly bankrupted the nation. Now they have no answers on how to fix the mess they created." The 'coalition' has borrowed more in 4 years than the previous 6 Labour governments did in all of their terms in office. They did not create the mess the financial sector did... QUOTE: Mervyn King tells MPs: 'The price of this financial crisis is being borne by people who absolutely did not cause it' "people taken out of paying tax altogether" Like millionaire tax cuts worth on average? Today, 13,000 millionaires got a tax cut from this Tory-led government. On the same day that millions of working families have their tax credits cut, millionaires will receive a giveaway worth on average £100,000. And paying tax is still optional for large multi-national corporations even in 2014. "prudence and financial competence" No, even when it is costing more than it saves they go ahead with it. There is a hidden agenda that is aimed at our welfare state, the pot we have all paid into all of our lives is being plundered by the 'coalition' to subsidise business, banks, speculators, millionaires tax cuts and politicians complicity in this scam. karlmarx
  • Score: 4

4:11am Thu 21 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

"There is a growing confidence in our economy"

It is no longer 'our economy' and there is zero confidence in it for those who are not benefiting from it. 'our economy' has been sold off to speculators and overseas corporations and we as a country now own nothing, not the transport, not the energy, not the civil service, nothing. It is all owned by shareholders who take their slice of the cake out of the money that should be re-invested in services.

The 'coalition' bedroom tax is costing more than it is saving yet they continue with their hidden agenda to dismantle the welfare system put into place via contributions from all of us fro when times are bad (when Tory led 'coalitions' are in power)

"No student will attend university after having paid an up-front fee, which was both a tory and Labour manifesto pledge. Nobody pays anything until they have graduated and earning over £21,000"

No, £3000 per year was available as a student loan and was workable and, could be paid off. Now a £9000 per year student loan which over the course of a degree course will be £27,000 just for the fees plus another £24,000+ to live on and £51,000 has to be repaid. In an era of zero hour contracts and minimum wages finding a full time job is almost a miracle, never mind one paying over £21,000. Most student debts will never be paid off and this 'coalition' know this. If you make a promise to your voters then in future keep to it, don't be bullied by your masters in the 'coalition'.
Removing the EMA Education Maintenance Allowance was another act of treachery which affects the chances of poorer students getting into further education as well.
"There is a growing confidence in our economy" It is no longer 'our economy' and there is zero confidence in it for those who are not benefiting from it. 'our economy' has been sold off to speculators and overseas corporations and we as a country now own nothing, not the transport, not the energy, not the civil service, nothing. It is all owned by shareholders who take their slice of the cake out of the money that should be re-invested in services. The 'coalition' bedroom tax is costing more than it is saving yet they continue with their hidden agenda to dismantle the welfare system put into place via contributions from all of us fro when times are bad (when Tory led 'coalitions' are in power) "No student will attend university after having paid an up-front fee, which was both a tory and Labour manifesto pledge. Nobody pays anything until they have graduated and earning over £21,000" No, £3000 per year was available as a student loan and was workable and, could be paid off. Now a £9000 per year student loan which over the course of a degree course will be £27,000 just for the fees plus another £24,000+ to live on and £51,000 has to be repaid. In an era of zero hour contracts and minimum wages finding a full time job is almost a miracle, never mind one paying over £21,000. Most student debts will never be paid off and this 'coalition' know this. If you make a promise to your voters then in future keep to it, don't be bullied by your masters in the 'coalition'. Removing the EMA Education Maintenance Allowance was another act of treachery which affects the chances of poorer students getting into further education as well. karlmarx
  • Score: 5

5:31am Thu 21 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Almost five years on and isn't it a bit late now to be complaining about how nasty your fellow co-conspirators are? The Libdems should have considered this prior to making a pact with the devil because it's a bit late to be considering shutting the stable door now, the horse has long since bolted. The country is in ruins, the public own nothing and just look at the real statistics, you should be ashamed...

◾+1,700,000 now at risk of Poverty
◾6,442,000 paid below a Living Wage
◾+300,000 in Child Poverty
◾+800,000 in Fuel Poverty
◾+960,000 to use Food Banks in 2014
◾+700,000 homes hit with Bedroom Tax
◾+500,000 Disabled forced to work unpaid
◾+1,400,000 forced to work unpaid
◾+430,000 businesses/people declared bust
◾+2,500,000 patients waiting 4+ hours at A&Es
◾+500,000 Workers paying rent reliant on HB
◾+500,000 Public Sector Workers axed
◾+2,400,000 hit by Council Tax hike
◾+500,000 hit with £9k Tuition Fees
◾+1,000,000 hit with EMA Scrapping
◾+11,000,000 hit with Tax Credit Cuts/Freezes
◾+5,600,000 hit with Wage Freeze
◾+62,000,000 hit by VAT Hike

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. A totally unacceptable and deplorable return to the Victorian era in 21st century Britain.
Almost five years on and isn't it a bit late now to be complaining about how nasty your fellow co-conspirators are? The Libdems should have considered this prior to making a pact with the devil because it's a bit late to be considering shutting the stable door now, the horse has long since bolted. The country is in ruins, the public own nothing and just look at the real statistics, you should be ashamed... ◾+1,700,000 now at risk of Poverty ◾6,442,000 paid below a Living Wage ◾+300,000 in Child Poverty ◾+800,000 in Fuel Poverty ◾+960,000 to use Food Banks in 2014 ◾+700,000 homes hit with Bedroom Tax ◾+500,000 Disabled forced to work unpaid ◾+1,400,000 forced to work unpaid ◾+430,000 businesses/people declared bust ◾+2,500,000 patients waiting 4+ hours at A&Es ◾+500,000 Workers paying rent reliant on HB ◾+500,000 Public Sector Workers axed ◾+2,400,000 hit by Council Tax hike ◾+500,000 hit with £9k Tuition Fees ◾+1,000,000 hit with EMA Scrapping ◾+11,000,000 hit with Tax Credit Cuts/Freezes ◾+5,600,000 hit with Wage Freeze ◾+62,000,000 hit by VAT Hike And that's just the tip of the iceberg. A totally unacceptable and deplorable return to the Victorian era in 21st century Britain. karlmarx
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Fri 5 Sep 14

RNBanerji says...

Working in Government for reform towards a stronger economy and a farier society.

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Working in Government for reform towards a stronger economy and a farier society. http://www.libdems.o rg.uk/lib_dems_win_v ote_to_reform_the_be droom_tax RNBanerji
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