Jobless but not in figures

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I am 62 years of age, worked all my life in heavy engineering and got made redundant December 2015.

I signed on for jobseekers and got that docked by 25% because I received a very modest occupational pension.  I am now unable to claim jobseekers as my pension of £300 per month is deemed enough by Government to keep me.

I have paid tax and National Insurance all my working life and I can’t claim jobseekers, but I am also not included in the unemployment figures although I am most definitely unemployed.

I am also a skilled tradesman, but I am really struggling to find work.

I keep hearing some say the benefit system is keeping some people in some sort of luxury. The reality is people like myself are now victims of successive government failure, taking the country towards bankruptcy.

O McCall