The figures say that unemployment is falling, so why is it that so many people go to food banks and say that they are not feeling any recovery?
For a start, according to research by the TUC, only one in 40 of the jobs created since the recession has been full-time, and the number of full-time jobs in the country has fallen by 669,000.
Then there is the huge rise in 'self-employment', which at least in some cases means that the job centre has told someone, 'You have a skill: set yourself up as self-employed and if you don't get any work we'll still pay your benefits'.
Our appalling productivity levels show that economic activity in this country is not as good as the unemployment figures would suggest, and perhaps these are some of the reasons.
Any work is better than none, but really to feel a recovery, we need full-time jobs paying decent wages.
Bedford Labour Party