Work Force Skills

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 29th November 2007.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 10:30 am, 29th November 2007

I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend. We now have 2.8 million more people in work than we had 10 years ago, and 1 million fewer on out-of-work benefits, which cuts the bill of failure and allows us to give opportunities to many people that were never there in the 18 wasted Tory years. We intend to continue, deepen and broaden that good record.

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Kenneth Armitage
Posted on 7 Dec 2007 8:03 am (Report this annotation)

Fascinating. I have often wondered where ministers get their facts and figures from, according to the ONS, apart from the 890,000 unemployed claimants there are 7.89 million economically inactive people in Britain, making a total of just short of 9 million people who are not working and that cannot be hailed a success. Of these, 2.3 million are referred to as home carers, 1.6 million are long-term students of one kind or another and that is likely to increase once children have to stay at school until age 18, 2.1 million are long-term sick leaving another 1.89 million unemployed people and the largest growth is among males many over age 55, 50 in some cases, who are unable to find appropriate and meaningful employment possibly because of the ageist policies in UK Plc over the last decade.

The only jobs that government can create are those in the public sector and they do not generate and cost money; it is companies who create employment opportunities and many of them have spent the last decade closing UK manufacturing plants and outsourcing jobs to India and China and Eastern Europe.