Wednesday, 9 January 2013

unemployment benefits and earnings

via ToUChstone blog: A public policy blog from the TUC
by Nigel Stanley

The Conservative case for capping benefits is that they have been growing faster than earnings, as their poster today [8 January] seeks to highlight.
Conservative poster
Being a pedantic grammarian this poster annoys me regardless of its message – Labour is not an ARE it is an IS.

I thought it might be interesting to look at how unemployment benefit has moved compared to earnings over a slightly more representative period. So I turned to the DWP’s Annual Abstract of Statistics, which is designed (among other things) to give precise answers to such questions.

Continue reading and do go right down to the comments where Nigel Stanley admits that his second graph is not as helpful as it might have been. I certainly found it a bit difficult which is not the purpose of graphical representation!

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