Privately, however, some ministers wonder whether there is another reason: that more people are working in the black economy because it has become harder to draw state benefits without being “hassled” by Jobcentres and having to make more effort to find work.So people don't want to work but do want to work in the "black economy"? How does that work? Has Grice looked into this claim by ministers?
Another factor could be the stigma attached to claiming, as ministers, led by the Chancellor George Osborne, contrast strivers who work hard for their families with scroungers who stay in bed and choose “a life on benefits”.This is the kind of claim the government make - that people are being shamed off benefits and into work. The quote above implies that many people on benefits could find work and are only coming off them now because of the stigma. The unemployment figures show how laughable this claim is. Grice has ignored that people who are sanctioned or who are made to do workfare do not count as being unemployed. These reasons are just as likely, if not more likely, to have caused the unemployment figures to stay as they are. People should look for work if they are able to work and should take a job if they are offered one, but the recession is making it difficult for many to find jobs. Andrew Grice's article implies that many unemployed people can't be bothered to work. It is the kind of nonsense the Daily Mail would publish.