I see from the excellent Vox Political blogthat a row has broken out over claims by Conservative Central Office of big reductions in the number of jobless claiming benefit under the last coalition government.
The BBC reports a row over the way Essex Tory MPs are presenting falls in unemployment figures. The row concentrates on them using the claimant count. ( Jobseekers Allowance only) rather than the number of people seeking work who are not on benefit. This makes a huge difference to the numbers unemployed in constituencies.
Central Office defended their stance by saying : “This (questions surrounding the use of JSA figures) is nonsense. This unemployment measure is provided by the independent House of Commons Library – and for constituencies they are the most up to date and most reliable numbers to use.They are used by MPs and candidates across the…
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