May 14th, 2014

Unemployment Rate Down to 6.8%

  • Unemployment rate down from 6.9% to 6.8%
  • Unemployment January-March down 133,000 to 2.2 million
  • Employment up 283,000 in quarter, biggest increase since records began in 1971
  • Claimant count at lowest since November 2008
  • Pay including bonuses for January-March 2014 was 1.7% higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 1.3% higher
  • 140,000 Romanians and Bulgarians were in work in the UK in the three months after lifting of controls, down 4,000 on Q4 but up 28,000 on a year before

And the sun is even shining…


  1. 1
    Evangelical Dave says:

    Thank fuck for that.

  2. 2
    This is what Union members subs pay for says:

  3. 3
    Winning for Britain says:

    George Osborne is winning for Britain

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    You still believing what the liblabcons tell you, Greedo?


  5. 5
    Axle Rod Grease says:

    Wtf do you expect from me now, milligimp? You’re facked.

  6. 6
    Max Clifford's Bellend says:


  7. 7
    Nigel Mirage says:

  8. 8
    Wee Dougie Wee says:

    You’re going nowhere, after securing Eds glorious Euro wins you’re going to save the, yawn, Union.

  9. 9
    Ed Balls, in foetal position, shaking like a shitting dog says:

    Is it safe to come out yet?

  10. 10
    jgm2 says:

    Count the spoons.

  11. 11
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

  12. 12
    free Passage says:

    Because they can now enter without saying why.

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    amazingly and unsuprisingly, he left off the last part of the sentence. Its up 28,000 on last year.

  14. 14
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    i) What about the unemployment figures including those not in work / education etc. and ‘not seeking work’ – meaning those who are no longer eligible for job seekers allowance ?

    ii) Any government stats on R’omanian / B’ulgarian immigration is suspect as they do not have a handle on the illegal immigration that was going on.

    Since EU controls have lifted, R’oma beggars have appeared in my local high street. That has much more relevance than the statistics.

  15. 15
    Kris_Pringle says:

    Only 224 days left till Christmas.

  16. 16
    a says:

    baluga is cavier and rome, when in rome, and plenty of room in the inn.

  17. 17
    Melton Mowbray says:

    Wot no hordes?

    Sounds like UKIP were scaremongering to get votes.

  18. 18
    no optional extras you pay for everything says:

    Time for voter to put an X on that piece of voting paper is getting closer, at one time I would have thought brilliant, but then I thought we would get a real Conservative party, not wishy washy Liberals, but it’s just Camorons Conservatives and their hangers on of coattails Libcrap shoving out a bit of PR to help get more people to vote for them, just the same trick Liebour used to do, no change then.

  19. 19
    Wee Dougie Wee says:

    I nay can see the tractor numbers, Gordy says they are the best sign to check for. Gulp.
    Please don’t ask me back Brillo, I still can nay sleep.

  20. 20
    Ed Miliband says:

    Shit!!! We’re hoping for bad news!!!

  21. 21
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Am loving your sense of humour, Vince ! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !

  22. 22
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Relax, Wallace, the economy is flat-lining.

    The Tories are cutting too far, too fast and there’s the cost-of-living crisis too.

  23. 23
    Wee Dougie Wee says:

    Hello, hello. Mr Rump….can we cancel the euro election, it’s all going wrong here and the sun is out now. Gordon said you would be a decisive figure at times like this. Help. Perhaps Vlad could invade Poland or something?

  24. 24
    Moley says:

    28000 is a small town.

    How many schools and houses do 28000 people need?

    And what about those who are not Romanians or Bulgarians?

  25. 25
    Ed Balls says:

    Unemployment is falling too far, too fast.

  26. 26
    Steve Miliband says:

    26,004,000 Europeans now coming

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    Go down the road a few miles and spend some time in Corby.

  28. 28
    A Room says:

    140,000 Romanians and Bulgarians living in 1 room….ooooo, I like it

  29. 29
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    Elderly woman who needs help going to toilet has help withdrawn (by Dave apparently) so goes to ECHR:

    In 2008, under Labour, the previous care supplied was withdrawn leaving her to sleep on incontinence pads at night – even though she is not incontinent.

    Not criticising the woman, but a good question for UKIP is where do they stand on this sort of issue ?

  30. 30
    Steve Miliband says:

    up 28,000 with restrictions last year, down 4,000 without restrictions this year. PS there are all in work

  31. 31
    Fishy says:

    ‘And the sun is even shining…’

    The sun has got his hat on…hip hip hip hooray.

  32. 32
    jgm2 says:

    Corby? Don’t they want a vote in the SNP referendum?

  33. 33
    ahmonika says:

    You got it.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    The rate of debt increase has slowed down a fraction. That ain’t winning, that’s brakes hard on and smoking whilst pedalling backwards hard down a steep hill toward a solid brick wall. Which is where the wheels come off.

  35. 35
    Dunce Corner says:

    We were told 28 million were coming, we got 28,000.

    UKIP were out by a factor of 1,000.

  36. 36
    Ernest Saunders says:

    Have you got evidence to the contrary? Put up or shut the fuck up.

  37. 37
    Axelrod watch says:

    Anyone told you about your election campaign being a disorganised mess due to infighting and incompetence? The Shadow Cabinet are sitting back and awaiting your certain demise so they can fight each other for the leadership. If more bad news is required please don’t hesitate to ask.

  38. 38
    Cinna says:

    4000 less coming to work, but thousands more coming for the benies. We can’t afford to import any more Big Issue sellers. There’s one on every corner where I live.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    “Unemployment Rate Down to 6.8%”
    Whilst suspect/spurious statistics increase by up to 100%? Show us the working-out, specifics of any definitions used, plus facilitate the provision of open access to all areas, and we’ll check the claimed validity for ourselves. In the absence of any or all of these, save such assertions for fertilising those roses ‘round the door.

  40. 40
    UKIP ony says:

    Oh do you? Well just flack off sonny, were still dealing with the Graund fifth columnist outfall.

  41. 41
    ahmonika says:


  42. 42
    Moley says:

    Note that 28,000 is the CHANGE from a year earlier.

    !40,000 Romanians and Bulgarians are in work in this country.

    How many of those here aren’t in work?

  43. 43
    Cinna says:

    Personally I’d like to see the unemployed figures rise by at least two. Clegg and Cable.

  44. 44
    UKIP ony says:

    Do you read the Guardian first?

  45. 45
    British Labour Broadcasting Corporation says:

    BBC News Editors meeting: OK, what stories can we promote across our news outlets so that this good news gets pushed down to “and finally” or dropped off the bulletins altogether. We can still get milaege out of the UKIP resignation so that will help.

  46. 46
    Amjid Bashir says:

    we are already overcrowded

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    everything Azelrod touches turns to shit, the hired this guy and whoops poll rating went down the lav……time to go home sonny.

  48. 48
    The Lone Ranger says:

    Romanians and Bulgarians are better educated than locals, and they are quite happy to sleep on a floor so they don’t need houses.

  49. 49
    a says:

    with new balls and a 3rd way wife, what does balls have in his bag?

  50. 50
    Moley says:

    You were told that 28 million had a legal right to come; not that they were coming.

    What you were told was correct.

  51. 51
    The BBC says:

    An important announcement from the BBC

    The latest fall in unemployment and the growth in productivity and the economy represent a real danger for Britain.

    It is clear now that the Tory led government have lost control of the economic levers and growth is running out of control. This will lead to massive increases in interest rates, a huge recession and hopefully a return to Labour’s marvellous economic policies.

    Later we will be interviewing star economist David Blanchflower, the next Chancellor, Ed Balls and renown economist Professor Paul Krugman to give us their view on Britain’s impending economic disaster.

    The BBC – wherever there’s a silver lining, we’ll find a cloud (it’s the unique way in which we’re funded)

  52. 52
    ahmonika says:

    At least 205 miners have been killed and hundreds are still missing after an underground explosion and fire in western Turkey.

    The country’s energy minister Taner Yildiz said 787 workers were in the mine at the time of the blast, which is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

    …..And who wanted our mines to remain open?

  53. 53
    bergen says:

    But Professor Blanchflower assured us that unemployment would soar with the wicked coalition’s austerity programme.

    Surely he wasn’t in error again ?

  54. 54
    Maqb­oul says:

    The population of Britain for as long as I can remember was around about 56 million. That’s plenty enough but it remained constant so we could plan and cope.

    Then Labour opened the floodgates. We don’t even know how many people there but we know that it’s over 64 million which is about a 15% jump of 8 million. Many suspect it is over 70 million.

    The number of schools did not rise by 15%; the housing stock did not rise by that either.

    So do you fucking wonder why taxes had to rise or cuts have to be made? Or why house prices have taken off?

    Idiots like you pretending there isn’t a problem is precisely why former Conservative and Labour voters are flocking to the UKIP in droves.

    There’s a loud and clear message coming from the voters on 22nd May. You’ll be sni­gg­ering on the other side of your face then ol Bean.

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    Bad news? How’s this….

    YouGov/Sun 14 May

    Con 34%
    Lab 34%
    UKIP 15%
    LibDem 8%

  56. 56
    Maqb­oul says:

    Where else does he get “his” opinion?

  57. 57
    Laurence says:

    Clarence…can we go with nasty attitudes to the religion of peace. You know, vox pox in Oxford or somewhere. Yes I know the police say there are sixty more grooming gangs there but we can bury that later on perhaps and say its a sign of ethnicity and diversity in action, we have to farm this good stuff deep underground. CP are watching. Xx

  58. 58
    Alex says:

    Cue lots of bleating about zero hours contracts and self employment from the usual patronising (and very highly paid) suspects who find the concept of both the former and the latter being a better option than unemployment completely alien.

  59. 59
    Maqb­oul says:


    People who would never set foot in a pit nor had been anywhere near one. Like Scargill.

  60. 60
    jgm2 says:

    Quite right. As I heard the news on the radio this morning I could not help but think how many UK miners are still alive thanks to the brave decisions made by Mrs Thatcher.

    You’d think there’d be a statue in every mining village commemorating the lives she’d saved. Wouldn’t you?

  61. 61
    Laurence says:

    0-13 then?

  62. 62
    BBC News says:

    Despite the apparent slight reduction in headline unemployment, experts have predicted that government cuts will lead to a cost-of-living crisis. In other news, the world is asking why did Peaches have to die.

  63. 63
    Maqb­oul says:

    That’s an awful lot of Big Issues being shifted.

  64. 64
    it's RAW. crunch says:

    ppl like raw emotion, on that basis the star of Brown Balls II will shine.

  65. 65
    Socialism is theft says:

    Amazing what a bit of capitalism can do for job creation. It is hardly rocket science though.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    The weather is a cultural marxist plot. Don’t be fooled.

  67. 67
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    That b/s is going to fall flat on the girl – she has made a mistake there, unless of course she can make a full case to back her scurrilous allegations.

    The question for UKIP is meant much more constructively.

    The woman in question is going to the ECHR as a result of changes to her care provision put through in the UK by successive governments – Labour and Coalition.

    What has happened to her seems morally wrong, and going to the ECHR appears to be her only recourse.

    UKIP may want to consider cases like this when drafting their social policy in the GE manifesto as their hands are clean. It is also forms very valid rhetoric to use against LibLabCon.

  68. 68
    Laurence says:

    Have you ever seen an Afri’can girl NOT pushing an occupied buggy?

  69. 69
    The Tit in No. 10 says:

    TRUST ME!! – I give you my word – and you know me well enough by now!

  70. 70
    it's RAW. crunch says:


  71. 71
    Winston says:

    Well done Guido and the rest of the Media, provoking the hard-left into violent attacks on UKIP because you don’t want you buddies in the political elite to lose their jobs and influence.

    Save democracy, liberty and freedom for Britain and vote UKIP.

  72. 72
    BBC says:

    Breaking News:

    Dog heard barking.

  73. 73
    Ed Stalinbrand says:

    ‘Pay including bonuses for January-March 2014 was 1.7% higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 1.3% higher’.

    That’s my cost-of-living crisis bandwagon fucked.

  74. 74
    The Faecal Finger of Fate says:

    ‘Dave’ keeps me busy

  75. 75
    Wee Dougie Alexander says:

    But what about VAT?

  76. 76
    Aardvark says:

    According to BBC Radio 4, every day Cameron bathes in the tears of children who’s toys have been taken away by evil Tory businessmen.

    Do don’t tell me that Capitalism works you racist.

  77. 77
    The Lone Ranger says:


    Yes, in Africa.

  78. 78
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I did here some labour drone spouting just that.
    Its a shallow recovery, apparently.

    The interviewer was awake enough to ask “So…you believe we could fall back into recession then?”

    “..erm..well…not exactly..”

    No. Can’t be predicting the third triple dip in a row not to appear.

    Oh yes..and it seems only 2 Bulgarians have come to Britain ..ever! So there!

    Go team miliband.

  79. 79
    jgm2 says:

    But you can’t buy publicity like this. In fact you can’t give it away either.

    No mention at all on BBC website. Because of the unique way they’re funded.

    The reason the BBC isn’t reporting attacks on UKIP homes is because they know the voters will automatically feel sympathy for the UKIP chap and be more inclined to vote UKIP.

  80. 80
    Anon & Voting for UKIP ORG says:

    Yep & they all seem to have plentiful supplies of Tennants Extra & Roll ups !!!

    So good to know how we are helping to keep them fully stocked up 24/7 !!

  81. 81
    You just look insane when you say things like that says:

    What it actually says on the BBC News website:

    UK unemployment rate falls to 6.8%

  82. 82
    Aardvark says:

    Accordion players have increased 50%

  83. 83
    You just look insane when you say things like that says:

    What it actually says on the BBC News website:

    The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 133,000 to a fresh five-year low of 2.2 million in the three months to March, official figures indicate.

    The unemployment rate now stands at 6.8% of the workforce, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

    The number of people in employment rose to 30.43 million, the highest since records began in 1971.

  84. 84
    You just look insane when you say things like that says:

    What it actually says on the BBC News website:

    The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 133,000 to a fresh five-year low of 2.2 million in the three months to March, official figures indicate.

    The unemployment rate now stands at 6.8% of the workforce, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

    The number of people in employment rose to 30.43 million, the highest since records began in 1971.

  85. 85
    Wah wah pedal says:

    Not difficult to see why you’re called dunce corner is it?

  86. 86
    bergen says:

    I’m trying to remember which Labour sack of s*** said that there was no upward limit to the population increase by immigration. I think it was Blunkett from memory. May they all rot in Hell.

  87. 87
    It's not a license fee, it's another tax says:

    The BBC rebuttal unit is in full operation today!

  88. 88
    Tachybaptus says:

    Mike Hancock tried to use legal means to hide the fact that he has been in the Priory Clinic for three months, wanting to hide it from his parliamentary and council constituents, and while asking for re-election in Fratton ward next week.

    This is a difficult one, as am normally supportive of people with real mental health issues and their right to job protection.

    But with a sleazeball like Hancock, suddenly ‘sick’ when the poop hits the fan and has to face a court and private prosecution for sexual abuse allegations – sympathy tends to be realise by cynicism.

  89. 89
    To the Extreme says:

    See what you racists did yesterday? It got too much even for Geedo and he had to shut down the comments on the UKIP poster girl thread. The flood of racist posts was too much even for him to handle and you left him with no choice. Next time he posts about someone who happens not to be white, exercise a little restraint and just limit yourself to 10 racists comments.

  90. 90
    Casual Observer 2 says:

    28000 more Bulgaromas since last year.
    28000 British born benefiteers should be doing the work instead.
    28000 to be housed. Let’s shit more concrete on Witney.
    How the fuck is this figure produced, since there are no proper Border Controls, and fucking Dave & Co. haven’t really got a clue how many immigrants are coming in?

  91. 91
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Surely even someone as dim as Dougie must know that Osborne is keeping that VAT bomb for the election ?

    The idiot red team must be aware that in the last budget before the election Osbo will cut Vat back to 17.5% ,or maybe even 17%, and Miliband’s entire Costa-coffee crisis narrative is blown to smithereens.

    A direct hit down the funnel by the reverse VAT bomb sinks Labour’s battleship.

    And cutting BELOW Labour’s 13 years of 17.5% would just be almost cruel.
    Akin to machine gunning the scrabbling, drowning Team Ed as they fight over the life-rafts.

  92. 92
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    I always subtract 10% from Labour and add 10% to UKIP in any YouGov poll.

    That puts UKIP in 2nd on 25% and Labour in 3rd on 24% :-)

  93. 93
    táxpáyér says:

    People Dave supports (and directs your money to) are intimidating political candidates.

  94. 94
    jgm2 says:

    Make it so.

  95. 95
    táxpáyér says:

    Debt has to fall vastly.
    Increasing debt + useful work = GDP.
    Income tax is the main barrier to useful work being done in the economy.

  96. 96
    ed milliband peoples representitive of doncaster says:

    best let more immigrants in,we need that magic number(two million)of unemployed to keep wages down for my mate lord sainsbury

  97. 97
    táxpáyér says:

    Wonderful pressure on wages of the lower classes.
    Wonder pressure to raise rents.

    Good for the establishment, bad for the rest of us.

  98. 98
    Laurence says:

    He has nervy days, sometimes. Probably to do with the must-be-avoided keywords. Or, l-a-w-y-e-r-s.

  99. 99
    táxpáyér says:

    Since they’re now in the EUSSR, there’s no need for numbers to be recorded, so they’re not.

  100. 100
    Winston says:

    Show me 5 racist comments on that thread which Guido closed.

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Without border controls where do these figures come from?
    Are these just those paying tax or claiming benefits in the Public Record?

  102. 102
    táxpáyér says:

    Looks like Murdoch’s gone howling mad.

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    still walking into darkness says:

    Which is why people like Gary Barlow use tax avoidance schemes. If the rates weren’t so high at 45%, 50% + the employers national insurance and VAT, then yep you never know people might just pay the tax.

  104. 104
    Chutzpah says:

    Actually my Guardian reading friend, it also says:

    Calling teachers Sir and Miss ‘depressing and sexist’


    Prof Jennifer Coates told the Times Educational Supplement “Sir is a knight… but Miss is ridiculous – it doesn’t match Sir at all”.

  105. 105
    táxpáyér says:

    There’s a lot that gets memory holed @

  106. 106
    Winston says:

    What the Media won’t tell you:

    •there were 5.3 million working age benefit claimants at November 2013 –
    •the number of working age claimants of Employment and Support Allowance and incapacity benefits totals 2.46 million in November 2013,
    •the number of lone parents claiming Income Support November 2013
    •at February 2014, the total number of people claiming Housing Benefit was 5.0 million
    •at the end of March 2014, the working age Income Support lone parents (ISLP) early estimate was 480,000
    •at the end of March 2014 the working age early estimates of Employment and Support Allowance and incapacity benefits (ESA, Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance) claimants was 2.47 million (rounded to the nearest 5000)

    Plus, 1.4m people working p/t, but seeking f/t work.

    Yes, what we need is more immigration. That will solve it.

  107. 107
    ONS - making up lies so you don't need to says:

    We just make up any old bollocks to suit the powers that be.

    You don’t believe any of this bollocks do you?

  108. 108
    táxpáyér says:

    Be far far better to cut the worst income tax (VAT) early, so the benefits ripple through the economy.

  109. 109
    scrabbla. says:

    circuit boards, embedded processors.
    y choice.
    as grounding times come, abandon the ground pepp.
    shift left, shift right. the bottom is the pendulum.
    feet on the ground and then swing.
    …sand hurst is all about the line in the sand ….

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    Just checking says:

    At present the headline is: “Dip in Romanian and Bulgarian workers”. I think they’ve missed out a comma after “in”.

  111. 111
    táxpáyér says:

    The establishment need immigration, otherwise they couldn’t rent-seek and they might even need to do some actual work.

  112. 112
    ONS - making up lies so you don't need to says:

    We supply figures on a need to know basis.

    Fuck off.

  113. 113
    ONS - making up lies so you don't need to says:

    We use a very elastic definition of “employment”.

  114. 114
    Jezza says:

    Big Issue Seller = self employed = unlimited benefits

  115. 115
    Ray Shell says:

    They were deleted, and he then shut comments down, as he probably didn’t want to be up all night deleting posts by Bee and P types.

  116. 116
    Tory landslide says:

    @fter Scots vote YES

  117. 117
    ONS - making up lies so you don't need to says:

    Think of a number, any number.

  118. 118
    jgm2 says:

    Perhaps. But since many voters have the attention span of a goldfish there is a real chance that they will have forgotten who actually made the tax-cut by the time the election comes around.

    I still favour massive increases in the personal allowance. Say to 15K. If timed right it kicks in (I think) in the very last pay-packet before the election.

    Nothing says ‘Vote for me’ more than an extra (say) hundred quid a month.

  119. 119
    ONS - making up lies so you don't need to says:

    Ssssssssshhh – we try to keep that sort of stuff under wraps.

  120. 120
    Idiotwatch says:

    You mean the deleted ones?

  121. 121
    Who organised that, it was Sue wasn't it says:

    I’d like that if I could be arsed to sign in!

  122. 122
    sometimes i think. and. says:

    sometimes i think and then i wonder.
    for social good, co.ord.o’roy of the twinklitweenies.
    mayb time.
    junglee. drum. dr dr beet in tandem, can’t remeber now what was special about tandem computers.
    shandy babysham.
    tandy electronics, now then , why we do, not we, see si si c them.
    time for twinkliteens.
    kit.ten heal.
    or no,
    i prefer the tiger skin rug.

  123. 123
    Guardian reader says:

    I hear you’re a racist now Ted.

  124. 124
    The only Country in Europe not to have its own paliament is England says:

    So 100000 or so became legal workers overnight then?

  125. 125
    The future says:

    From where I’m sitting I can hear a Bosnian Serb on the phone and, in the next room, an Indian and a South African having a videoconference with a software house in India, to which the jobs of a considerable number of my ex-colleagues (made redundant) have been outsourced.
    A nice Polish lady has just taken my empty tea-mug. The Bangladeshi guy who sits next to me is working from home today.

  126. 126
    Needa Dump says:

    Shit happens.

  127. 127
    The only Country in Europe not to have its own paliament is England says:

    As I said above that makes over100000 that were here and became legal on the 1/1/2014 its no wonder we were short of housing if you replicate this with all the other illegals from around the world.

  128. 128
    Fare do's says:

    AFAIK you can get a coach from Romania to Britain for £25.

  129. 129
    Sunt un turist, crede-mă says:


  130. 130
    lies damn lies and statistics says:

    James O’Brien on LBC has just been repeating the
    same selective figures tweeted by Scrawny Norman.

    Conveniently omitting to mention that the number of
    Bulgarians and Romanians coming here actually increased
    by 25% year on year.

    And they wonder why the British public no longer believes
    a bloody word the media or politicians tell us.

  131. 131
    JH-2309184590231 says:

    Considering Labour closed more pits than she did, should they not get a mention too?

  132. 132
    A Wanker from the BBC says:

    Phew! It was a close run thing but I think we’ve got away with it. We reported that Welsh hospital scandal without mentioning that Labour run the NHS in Wales. We did mention Health Minister Mark Drakeford but we didn’t say what party he belonged to. The plebs will think he’s Jeremy Hunt’s junior lackey, not Wales’s version of Andy Burnham. Naturally, we never included the story at all on BBC 1’s 10 0’Clock news.

  133. 133
    Miner says:

    “No son of mine is going down the pit.”

  134. 134
    Catty says:

    When my wife was teaching the kids called her “Ma’am”. If it’s good enough for the Queen…

  135. 135
    Socialist Mathermaicks, Innit says:

    National debt would have been almost doubled in this Parliament by the next General Election. Winning in the Charlie Sheen sense, then?

  136. 136
    Socialist Mathermaicks, Innit says:

    The Jobcentre have been very keen to help claimants go ‘self-employed’. This means instead of claiming JSA, they claim Working Tax Credits. They’re slightly worse off (about £20 a week) but they’re removed from the claimant count.

    All this will be coming to an end very shortly, as the threshold for Working Tax Credits has been raised to £10k per annum, so many of those fake self-employed will be forced to return to the loving embrace of JobCentre Plus.

  137. 137
    Henry Crun says:

    Perhaps Prof Coates would prefer to be addressed as “Oi, Biffer”?

  138. 138
    Socialist Mathermaicks, Innit says:

    The government donated £1 billion to Bill Gates’ foundation just before the end of the year (they didn’t know what else to do with the overseas aid budget).

    So the government taxes almost 90,000 ordinary people and then gave it all to the richest man in the world…

  139. 139
    Fuck you, Labour says:

    Anonymous gets his opinions straight from Nurse Ratched. She just doubled his medication. Sadly, it’s still not enough.

  140. 140
    Ed Jong-mil says:

    This lie, Guido fascist pig. There big crisis now on everything! Private sector is death!

  141. 141
    Sporting Metaphors R Us says:

    Yes, another open goal missed by Cameron. He’s getting to be more useless that that Arsenal “striker” who can’t hit a barn door from 18 inches.

  142. 142
    inside out says:

    The supermarkets research claim it is more than 70million,they base their figures on staple diet food purchased.The use of reward cards by supermarkets give very accurate figures of food bought,so much so ,that the next census will be using their figures to count the population.

  143. 143
    Anonymous says:

    the ons has form on immigrations statistics, expect the reduced romanian figure to be revised up after the euro-election

  144. 144
    peterthepainter says:

    Did mine yesterday.

    Get a postal vote and vote early and often.

  145. 145
    peterthepainter says:

    I knew at least 3. Here quite legally and bloody good workers – much better than some of the divs sent by the job centre who only came for the interview so they could continue claiming bennies.

  146. 146
    Jack Ketch says:

    Someone in authority has claimed that since January the number of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in Britain has declined. How can they tell? EU passport holders are not counted at immigration either in or out. The only way they could be enumerated is if they applied for NI numbers, were entered on the voters roll or were arrested and their details recorded.

  147. 147
    broderick crawford says:

    Still got miles to go to beat William Tell Land (CH) at 3.2 percent .

    And the Gnomes are setting a foreigners quota !!!

  148. 148
    John Bellingham says:

    The number of Slovak Roma has dramatically reduced where I live over the past few weeks, especially the very large number of young girls aged about 12-14 who always appeared to be tarted up and dressed inappropriately for their age.
    Guess what? Kent Police have rounded up a big child prostitution gang, so the enrichers are either in chooky or lying low.

  149. 149
    Wham, bam, thankyou Ma'am? says:

    Don’t these chumps have anything better to do? Miss is ridiculous, especially when it’s England taking penalties..

  150. 150
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Are you a Wacist or is that not rhyming slang?!

  151. 151
    I says:

    Leave the EU and wipe unemployment out overnight. Lets get our kids back to work.

  152. 152
    Dave T says:

    Well said.

  153. 153
    Dave T says:

    Because shes a c unt.

  154. 154
    Miss Direction with Austin Mitchell. says:

    Good News! Excellent!

    But, look over there Mitchell. Is that a rapist?

    The Labour Party cannot fool a fool in a trick shop!


  155. 155
    Dave T says:

    I will happily pay his wages ,expenses,whatever the fucker wants,just keep him there.

  156. 156
    Dave T says:

    Scargill did work in the mine but you are right they are all c unts {especially him}and people should be happy no one has to do this shit job anymore.

  157. 157
    Bob c untface Crow says:

    Its all fatcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers fault.

  158. 158
    Bob c untface Crow says:

    That’s the main point,the figures mean shit,just speak to any man on any street in any town and he will tell you his town has too many fucking eastern Europeans in it,we are fed garbage about figures all the time and the establishment will pay the price in years ahead.

  159. 159
    Bob c untface Crow says:

    Its the beast Ted,its got four arses.

  160. 160
  161. 161
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Ed Balls says “Too Much too Soon”

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