Bradford Council leader says new statistics prove Government’s work programme is failing

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: CRITICAL: Council leader Coun David Green CRITICAL: Council leader Coun David Green

A national drop in the number of young people on the dole has not had much effect in Bradford.

In the district, the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance dropped by a mere 20 people in a year.

There were 5,690 claimants in this age group last month, compared to 5,710 in the same period last year.

This is despite a national drop of more than ten per cent in the number of young people signing on, Government figures released yesterday reveal.

Nationally, the number of claimants of any age also dropped by 0.2 per cent since last year. But again, this did not reflect in Bradford’s figures, where the number of claimants rose by 0.4 per cent, from 18,130 to 19,439. Bradford Council leader Coun David Green said the figures showed the Government’s national work programme was not working for the district.

He said that was why Bradford Council this year unveiled its £7.7 million Get Bradford Working programme, the largest job creation fund of any local authority in the country.

He said: “It’s not fully activated and has not had enough effect on these figures but we hope in months to come it will have some impact.”

Bradford West MP George Galloway (Respect) said the unemployment rate in his own constituency was now the seventh highest in the country.

He said: “Could there be a more damning indictment of this miserable Government’s failure to put right the economy?”

But Bradford East MP David Ward (Lib Dem) said the number of young people on Jobseeker’s Allowance could in part be explained by Bradford’s younger-than-average population.

He said: “It’s very difficult because on top of the serious situation we face with the economy, we have got a growing number of young people.”

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins (Con) welcomed a drop in youth unemployment in his constituency.

He said: “It is always good news when unemployment falls but I am particularly pleased at the fall in youth unemployment in Keighley and Ilkley.”

Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe (Lab) and Shipley MP Philip Davies (Con) were not available for comment last night.

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7:41am Thu 13 Dec 12

angry bradfordian says...

He said: “Could there be a more damning indictment of this miserable Government’s failure to put right the economy?”

I might agree with him if it wasn't for the fact that national unemployment was down and there are now more people employed than ever before.

A lot of unemployment is caused by overpopulation and increased immigration, something that probably affects Galloway's constituency more than most.
He said: “Could there be a more damning indictment of this miserable Government’s failure to put right the economy?” I might agree with him if it wasn't for the fact that national unemployment was down and there are now more people employed than ever before. A lot of unemployment is caused by overpopulation and increased immigration, something that probably affects Galloway's constituency more than most. angry bradfordian
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8:00am Thu 13 Dec 12

JAtkinson says...

Perhaps Mr G should spend more time in Bradford or in Parliament talking about Bradford.

It's time for Galloway, my MP, to do something for us rather than preaching about wrongs occurring thousands of miles away.
Perhaps Mr G should spend more time in Bradford or in Parliament talking about Bradford. It's time for Galloway, my MP, to do something for us rather than preaching about wrongs occurring thousands of miles away. JAtkinson
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8:16am Thu 13 Dec 12

Whatthejuice says...

I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.
I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job. Whatthejuice
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10:43am Thu 13 Dec 12

i hate bradford says...

OR signing on and working cash in hand in our towns thousands of "eateries". Many men I know of are being picked up and driven to other towns every night to work in these eateries for cash in hand.
OR signing on and working cash in hand in our towns thousands of "eateries". Many men I know of are being picked up and driven to other towns every night to work in these eateries for cash in hand. i hate bradford
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12:17pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Albion. says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.
Oh dear! Hahaha! Well SOME of those you describe might well be along to chastise you for that, after they have bothered to get out of bed (or IF) :-)
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.[/p][/quote]Oh dear! Hahaha! Well SOME of those you describe might well be along to chastise you for that, after they have bothered to get out of bed (or IF) :-) Albion.
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12:51pm Thu 13 Dec 12

The Hoffster says...

JAtkinson wrote:
Perhaps Mr G should spend more time in Bradford or in Parliament talking about Bradford.

It's time for Galloway, my MP, to do something for us rather than preaching about wrongs occurring thousands of miles away.
Be quiet, Islamophobe.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Mr G should spend more time in Bradford or in Parliament talking about Bradford. It's time for Galloway, my MP, to do something for us rather than preaching about wrongs occurring thousands of miles away.[/p][/quote]Be quiet, Islamophobe. The Hoffster
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2:34pm Thu 13 Dec 12

RollandSmoke says...

Anyone want to suggest what these young people living on the bare legal minimum can do to create jobs for themselves? It's obvious that the government or local employers arn't going to create any any time soon. If people are, as has been suggested, being paid cash in hand then the employer is breaking the law. What moves are being made to shut these businesses down or are we turning a blind eye as their existence masks the full extent of the economic meltdown that has occurred in Bradford?
Anyone want to suggest what these young people living on the bare legal minimum can do to create jobs for themselves? It's obvious that the government or local employers arn't going to create any any time soon. If people are, as has been suggested, being paid cash in hand then the employer is breaking the law. What moves are being made to shut these businesses down or are we turning a blind eye as their existence masks the full extent of the economic meltdown that has occurred in Bradford? RollandSmoke
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2:40pm Thu 13 Dec 12

RollandSmoke says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.
If they are unemployable should they be punished for being so? How far afield should people be looking if they can barely afford the busfare into Bradford?
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.[/p][/quote]If they are unemployable should they be punished for being so? How far afield should people be looking if they can barely afford the busfare into Bradford? RollandSmoke
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6:42pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Whatthejuice says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Whatthejuice wrote:
I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.
If they are unemployable should they be punished for being so? How far afield should people be looking if they can barely afford the busfare into Bradford?
I didn't say they should be punished, just stating a fact.
At some stage people have to take responsibility for themselves not constantly relying on others to bail them out for life!
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.[/p][/quote]If they are unemployable should they be punished for being so? How far afield should people be looking if they can barely afford the busfare into Bradford?[/p][/quote]I didn't say they should be punished, just stating a fact. At some stage people have to take responsibility for themselves not constantly relying on others to bail them out for life! Whatthejuice
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4:38am Fri 14 Dec 12

SinnerSaint says...

The Hoffster wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
Perhaps Mr G should spend more time in Bradford or in Parliament talking about Bradford.

It's time for Galloway, my MP, to do something for us rather than preaching about wrongs occurring thousands of miles away.
Be quiet, Islamophobe.
What?!!

Now even chastising a political bandwagon jumper who has made his recent career by promising the world to two different constituencies with large Muslim populations is Islamophobic?

You need to change the record, seriously. Galloway is a waste of space politically. He's just an attention seeker for whom politics is a means of keeping himself in the public eye and it's gullible fools like you who keep him there.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Mr G should spend more time in Bradford or in Parliament talking about Bradford. It's time for Galloway, my MP, to do something for us rather than preaching about wrongs occurring thousands of miles away.[/p][/quote]Be quiet, Islamophobe.[/p][/quote]What?!! Now even chastising a political bandwagon jumper who has made his recent career by promising the world to two different constituencies with large Muslim populations is Islamophobic? You need to change the record, seriously. Galloway is a waste of space politically. He's just an attention seeker for whom politics is a means of keeping himself in the public eye and it's gullible fools like you who keep him there. SinnerSaint
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9:23am Sat 15 Dec 12

thingybob68 says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
He said: “Could there be a more damning indictment of this miserable Government’s failure to put right the economy?”

I might agree with him if it wasn't for the fact that national unemployment was down and there are now more people employed than ever before.

A lot of unemployment is caused by overpopulation and increased immigration, something that probably affects Galloway's constituency more than most.
I think Hull, County Durham, Sunderland are more affected.

and in bradford probably holmewood, ravensliffe, buttershaw etc, you know, those chav infested council estate sink holes where its not the culture to go out and work.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: He said: “Could there be a more damning indictment of this miserable Government’s failure to put right the economy?” I might agree with him if it wasn't for the fact that national unemployment was down and there are now more people employed than ever before. A lot of unemployment is caused by overpopulation and increased immigration, something that probably affects Galloway's constituency more than most.[/p][/quote]I think Hull, County Durham, Sunderland are more affected. and in bradford probably holmewood, ravensliffe, buttershaw etc, you know, those chav infested council estate sink holes where its not the culture to go out and work. thingybob68
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9:30am Sat 15 Dec 12

thingybob68 says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.
If they change their names they could increase their chnaces by as much as 4 times, like from Mohammed to John.

http://www.guardian.
co.uk/money/2009/oct
/18/racism-discrimin
ation-employment-und
ercover

false identities were created with similar experience and qualifications. Every false applicant had British education and work histories.

They found that an applicant who appeared to be white would send nine applications before receiving a positive response of either an invitation to an interview or an encouraging telephone call.

Minority candidates with the same qualifications and experience had to send 16 applications before receiving a similar response.
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: I suggest a large percentage of this group are either unemployable or are not actively looking for a job.[/p][/quote]If they change their names they could increase their chnaces by as much as 4 times, like from Mohammed to John. http://www.guardian. co.uk/money/2009/oct /18/racism-discrimin ation-employment-und ercover false identities were created with similar experience and qualifications. Every false applicant had British education and work histories. They found that an applicant who appeared to be white would send nine applications before receiving a positive response of either an invitation to an interview or an encouraging telephone call. Minority candidates with the same qualifications and experience had to send 16 applications before receiving a similar response. thingybob68
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