And in other UK economic news....

#1
Slipped under the radar with all this news about banking and finance:-

Inflation as of 14/10/08:

Consumer Prices Index (CPI) annual inflation – the Government's target measure – was 5.2 per cent in September, up from
4.7 per cent in August.

The largest upward pressure on the CPI annual rate came from housing and household services because of rises in average gas and electricity bills this year compared with falls last year. Within this division there was also a small upward effect from materials for maintenance and repair, principally from paint.
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=19

Employment and unemployment statistics 15/10/08:

The employment rate for people of working age was 74.4% in the three months to August 2008, down 0.4 percentage points on the previous three months and down 0.1 percentage point on the year. The total employment level was 29.42 million, down 122,000 on the previous three months but up 199,000 on the same period a year ago.
The number of workforce jobs in June 2008 was 31.68 million, up 26,000 on the quarter and up 142,000 over the year.
The number of manufacturing employee jobs in the three months to August 2008 was 2.87 million, down 46,000 over the year.
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/lmsuk1008.pdf
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/lmsbrief1008.pdf

Growth 30/09/08:

GDP growth was 0.0 per cent in the second quarter of 2008, unrevised from the previous estimate. The level of GDP in the second quarter of 2008 is now 1.5 per cent higher than the second quarter of 2007.

Output of the production industries fell 0.7 per cent compared with a fall of 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter. This was driven by falls of 0.9 per cent in manufacturing output, 0.1 per cent in energy extraction and 0.1 per cent in the supply of electricity, gas and water.
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=192

Government Finances 18/9/08:

Public sector finances include for the first time data for the Bank of England and Northern Rock. In August 2008, the public sector showed a deficit on current budget of £7.8 billion, compared with a deficit of £6.2 billion in August 2007.
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=206

Government Debt and Deficit 30/9/08:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=277


And a non-economic indicator often of interest...
Asylum Seekers 21/08/08:

There were 5,720 applications for asylum in the UK in the second quarter of 2008 (April to June). This was 15 per cent higher than the second quarter of 2007.

Including dependants, there were 6,840 asylum applications in the second quarter of 2008, 13 per cent higher than the second quarter of 2007. This compares with an estimated decrease of
4 per cent in the rest of the EU27 (excluding Italy and the UK).
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=261
 
#2
You wouldn't happen to have the stats for working visas granted would you? I've heard the government is handing them out like sweeties in order to keep the number of asylum claims down.
 
#3
Ancient_Mariner said:
You wouldn't happen to have the stats for working visas granted would you? I've heard the government is handing them out like sweeties in order to keep the number of asylum claims down.
EU or non-EU?

Edited to add:
Latest useful figures for either are for 2006.
 
#4
No no no no!
Any suggestion of financial incompetence on the part of Mr Brown or his minions is just petty party politics at a time of crisis. It is cheap and underhand etc etc

On the other hand, its all true (apart from the farcical claim of inflation being a mere 5%) and it is actually all the fault of Mr Brown.
I suspect the taxpayer is going to be paying through the nose for Mr Brown's follies for a lot of years to come.
 
#5
Ancient_Mariner said:
You wouldn't happen to have the stats for working visas granted would you? I've heard the government is handing them out like sweeties in order to keep the number of asylum claims down.
No stats but you are not wrong...

The visas are a wonderful little device that are right up ZANU NL's alley.

With all the bad news for the gobmint the economic 'crisis' could not have come at a better time.

I would credit jonah with remarkable forsight if it wasnt for the fact that he is a deranged megalomaniac.

While Rome burn's his spin master's have a field day,how twisted is that?
 
#6
Ancient_Mariner said:
You wouldn't happen to have the stats for working visas granted would you? I've heard the government is handing them out like sweeties in order to keep the number of asylum claims down.
I heard it was to keep inflation down.
 
#7
PartTimePongo said:
Ancient_Mariner said:
You wouldn't happen to have the stats for working visas granted would you? I've heard the government is handing them out like sweeties in order to keep the number of asylum claims down.
I heard it was to keep inflation down.
A good idea in theory but, in practice, it's not working as inflation is at a 16 year high.

There's no real shortage of unskilled labour in the UK and skilled migrant workers will go to countries where a) they can earn more and b) they won't have their homes burned down and their kids spat on by the BNP.

I was thinking specifically about the visa shenanigans that were exposed when Beverly Hughes had to resign. The Home Office overruled 90% of visa refusals made by British embassies in some 3rd world countries.

They knew that the visa refuseniks would just come to the UK anyway and claim asylum to gain entry. This was causing the government to miss its targets for reducing asylum claims by 50%. Hence 'visiting businessman' visas were being issued to illiterate Bulgarian labourers in order to spin the figures.

This all happened a few years ago and I wondered whether it was still going on.
 
#8
Just for you Ancient_Mariner...

ZANU-NL Broadcasting Corporation said:
Migrant numbers 'must be reduced'

The number of migrants allowed into the UK under the points system may have to be reduced because of the economic crisis, an immigration minister says.

Phil Woolas told the Times immigration became an "extremely thorny" subject if people were losing their jobs.

"It's been too easy to get into this country in the past and it's going to get harder," he said.

The Home Office said the new points-based system provided "a powerful and flexible set of controls".

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