This can’t be true, can it?

Yesterday, reported that in a speech to the Centre for Social Justice, Iain Duncan-Smith (IDS), the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions has blamed poor employment figures and rising welfare costs on foreign workers.

IDSIt is reported that during his speech Iain Duncan Smith spoke about the issues of low wages and long term unemployment, and came to a startling conclusion.  He told the audience: “In just 5 years between 2005 and 2010, the number of British people in jobs fell by some 400,000, while the number of foreigners in British jobs soared by more than 700,000. In other words, for every British person who fell out of work, almost 2 foreign nationals gained employment. Short-term policy making created damaging long-term consequences… destroying the ethos of a whole section of our society, left behind in workless households and those deprived estates that I described at the start.”

The author of the article says that in making such a statement, “IDS has placed the blame for the poor outcomes of employment, economic and social policy on immigrants.  He has taken two separate statistics and announced that one causes the other – without actually bothering to prove such a link exists.”

The article is hard-hitting but worth reading.

Read the article in full here and draw your own conclusions.

Martin Pollins

Martin Pollins

Managing Director at Bizezia
Martin Pollins is a Chartered Accountant with wide experience in corporate finance and business management. He holds a number of directorships and has served on the boards of several companies, including those listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM and OFEX.

He was a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1988 to 1996.

Martin Pollins ran his own firm based in Sussex and was the first Accountancy firm in the UK to advertise on television and Martin went on to create and launch the CharterGroup Partnership (the UK's first Accountancy network) and then LawGroup UK (one of the largest networks of lawyers in the country).

Martin started work on the Bizezia concept in 1996, developing the broad range of information resources and products over the past 18 years.
Martin Pollins