16 February 2012
The protest demanded that the government end its failed strategy of funnelling billions to the bankers, and instead spend that money to directly train and employ those who are currently forced to chase non-existent jobs and work unpaid placements. The demonstration took place yesterday outside Caxton House, a Department for Work and Pensions building in central London and garnered media attention from Sky, LBC radio and ITN.
The Office for National Statistics announced that UK unemployment has risen 48,000 to 2.67 million, in the north east the unemployment rate is up to 8.4%, the highest in 16 years. Women made up two thirds of that increase and there was a new record in the number of people working part-time who want full-time jobs.
The figures also revealed that the number of 16 to 24-year-olds without a job rose 22,000 to 1.04 million, taking the unemployment rate to 22.2%. This figure includes young people in full-time education who are also looking for work.
Protesters were calling for:
Real jobs not fake schemes, an end to the attack on Disability Living Allowance, no cuts to housing benefit and no universal benefit cap.