UK Unemployment figures – What David Cameron’s next speech should be – The Diary of an employable blogaholic
Last week UK unemployment dropped 50,000 and in a instant it was also announced that the economy was growing and we were out of a double dip recession. Good news yes, but this is a time when a careful and balanced outlook is needed. With this in mind, this is the next speech the Prime Minister David Cameron should make about the UK unemployment figures…
“This is not the time for backslapping and political point scoring. Heaven knows in politics there is often too much of both. This is not a time to look at figures and celebrate, but instead to look at faces and still know that we need to do more. Yes there has been a drop in unemployment figures and this is a great start, however we must remember that unemployment is still critically high. Looking beyond the figures – it is a start, but that is all it is.
My political rivals will argue that unemployment figures are masked by work training schemes, work placements and those who return to education, but this has been a long term issue in counting those who are still unemployed but not dormant in their unemployment situation.
However this is not an excuse – and I make it my immediate concern to create employment for the unemployed – not schemes to just make them active, but invisible on the unemployment figures.
Politicians of all persuasions have failed the unemployed for too long. They celebrate the 50,000 or so that have found employment, but stay quiet about the 2.5 million that remain looking. I make a pledge to you now, that all unemployed people should be given full duty of care.
This is why today I have ordered a review of the current career support facilities that are in place for the unemployed. Our Job Centres and Career Advice centres should be the envy of the rest of the world – the “sign here” and “off you go” stereotype will be gone. As public servants their jobs will be to serve you – the unemployed, into becoming more employable, finding confidence in your own ability, and finding employment.
Just as teachers, doctors and nurses see their jobs as vocational, our public servants in the employment sector must do the same. After all, if a patient is ill and needs help, a nurse does not turn the other cheek, but instead walks over to help and care.
This is not to say that the job support system is not great in parts, but instead to say that our support and services in the UK ought to be greater to those who seek and need it.
I make this speech today because I need to look people in the face and be honest that the economy is not going to radically improve overnight, that more cuts will be made, and that more people will lose their jobs. I believe – we believe, that the policies we are making, will help to deal with all three of these issues. However, whilst I remain in political power, I give my all to help the remaining 2.5 million unemployed, the 1 million young unemployed and the next generation of job seekers, that you will not be simply lost in statistics and that individually your job search and employment future is also my job and my future. Thank you. ”
Agree? Disagree? Please comment below if you think UK unemployment is dropping…