“The Work and Pensions Secretary was today accused of misrepresenting government statistics in order to claim his cap on benefits was driving people to find work.” ITV News 13th April.
Ian Duncan Smith has claimed that his policy on capping benefits is working because the number of people expected to suffer benefit cuts was originally 56,000 but has seemingly fallen to 40,000. However this figure has been contested by Jonathan Portes, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and a former chief economist at the DWP, who said "there was no evidence at all" that the cap had affected people's behaviour.
According to Ian Duncan Smith the point of capping benefits is to get people back into work; but my query is how can people get back into work when there are no jobs available. I am aware of one graduate with a 1st Class honours degree who is still out of work nearly two years after graduating. Another person has tried for over two years to find paid work and is filling in her time volunteering in a charity shop and undertaking unpaid clerical and reception work. There are many similar examples. Of course, there are some who are just plain bone idle but the greater majority who find themselves unemployed want to get back into work as soon as they can.