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  • MP CREDITS GOVERNMENTS WELFARE REFORMS FOR WORKLESS HOUSEHOLDS FALLING TO RECORD LOW

    Mel Stride

    NEW FIGURES released by the Office for National Statistics show the number of workless households has fallen in every region of the UK since 2010, with nearly a million fewer overall across the country. In the South West there are now 87,000 fewer workless households in the South West than 8 years ago – a drop of more than 30%. A workless household is defined as one in which no-one of working-age is in work. The number of children being brought up in a workless household is now at the lowest level since records began in 1996, with 636,000 fewer children in such a household compared to 2010.

    Welcoming the figures Central Devon MP Mel Stride said:

    “The number of households in which nobody had ever worked doubled under the last Labour Government despite the global economy being strong for the vast majority of their thirteen years in office. This huge growth in welfare dependency was deeply damaging for the families concerned and for society as a whole. Reversing this trend has been one of the biggest achievements of Government since then. The multi-pronged approach of making sure that work always pays more than benefits, ensuring genuine job seekers get more help in finding work and getting tough on the minority who try to abuse the system has had hugely positive results and these figures are a testament to that.”

    The figures also show overall unemployment at a 40-year low at 1.4million, down by almost 1.1million since 2010 and youth unemployment down 407,700 since 2010.







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