Unemployment Figures

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The Office of National Statistics has officially confirmed that people on workfare schemes are not being counted as unemployed. Stating "Those participants whose activity comprises any form of work, work experience or work-related training are classified as in employment. This is regardless of whether the individual is paid or not."

1) Could you provide the latest figures for people who are on some form of government training scheme, with regards the above paragraph,

The number of workers on zero-hours contracts could be one million - according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. This means workers can be officially counted as employed, but have no guaranteed paid work.

2) Could you provide the DWP guidance/policies with regards to zero hours, for claimants who are thus counted as employed but have insufficient income and who need to apply for benefits.

Yours faithfully,

B. Adams

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In theory they could potentially be used as a “quick fix” solution to unemployment figures.

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