The invisible unemployed: “half of unemployed do not claim benefits” – so who are they?

Originally posted at NatalieLeal.Blogspot.co.uk

This chart from a report by Inclusion tells a story. Actually, it poses a lot of questions.

At the last count just under half of all unemployed people in the UK were not claiming benefits. That’s almost one million people and it’s going up all the time.

But where are these people? How are they surviving? And why are they not receiving any support?
As the chart above shows the number has been rising since the new sanctions regime started in 2012. Are sanctions to blame for the rising number of unemployed people missing from the claimant count?
These are questions I will be attempting to answer in the coming weeks and months.

One thought on “The invisible unemployed: “half of unemployed do not claim benefits” – so who are they?”

  1. Absolutely correct. My wife has been unemployed for over two years (she is 62) but because I work she cannot claim benefits and is not counted a unemployed. I was made redundant over a year ago and when I tried to claim JSA ,I was refused as I had a small private pension. So I did not count either. Lucky enough I found work although at a much reduced salary but there are many people like us who are not counted in the figures.

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