Tuesday 24 January 2012 by Spacey

Benefit cap to see rise in applicants per job from 23 to 2.68 million

With unemployment rising and the number of job vacancies decreasing, critics have warned that the government’s proposed benefit cap could see the average number of applicants per job increase from 23 to about 2.68 million.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith insists that the current system means that there is little incentive for people to seek employment, but critics have claimed that actual jobs being available are also vital when it comes to finding work.

“In principle, encouraging people to find work is something that few people will argue with,” said Professor of Unpopular Opinions, Dr Evan Jessop.

“However, a major factor in someone’s ability to become employed is the existence of a job to become employed in.”

“A more sensible approach would be to encourage people into jobs that are actually there rather than ones that aren’t,” he argued

“Jobs that aren’t there tend to pay imaginary money, which doesn’t buy real food or even pay real rent, this in turn leads to people being really hungry and extremely homeless.”

Benefit cap

Mr Duncan Smith has hit out at critics of the reforms by insisting that a cap will help people out of the despair of joblessness and benefit dependency into a much cheaper existence of joblessness and poverty.

“We must end the cycle of dependency,” he explained.

“The best way to do this is to cut the money that claimants have become dependant upon, thus encouraging them to find gainful employment.”

“People can point to unemployment being at its highest level since 1994, but if we reduce the overall cost of the welfare system then that means we can add another couple million to the number of unemployed at no extra cost.”

“It’s the best deal for taxpayers.”

“Let’s just push this through Parliament, and then we can all start to look forward to the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics,” he added.

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