Friday 17 November 2017

State back-to-work training is often worse than none at all

There will be a reduced dole payment for unemployed people under 26
There will be a reduced dole payment for unemployed people under 26
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Taxpayers' cash ended up where it shouldn't have. An industry grew up that helped not the jobless, but trainers who made a good living from providing training courses, many of dubious quality

The dole queues continue to shrink. The latest figures show that the numbers claiming unemployment benefit declined – yet again – in November. Those numbers have now been falling almost uninterrupted for well over two years. With a little over 400,000 people signing on for jobless benefit last month, the claimant count is down significantly from August 2011, when it peaked at just a whisker short of 450,000.

Two questions are often asked about the shrinking claimant count: how big a role is emigration playing in lowering the numbers on the dole and how much credit does the Government deserve for helping people get off welfare and return to work?

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