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  • MP CREDITS GOVERNMENT REFORMS AS WORKLESS HOUSEHOLDS FALLS BY 36,985 IN SOUTH WEST AND HITS UK RECOR

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed new figures showing that the number of workless households in the UK has fallen by 11,000 in the past year and by 964,000 since 2010. The number of children living in households with no-one working has fallen by 637,000 in the past eight years and by 36,985 in the South West. The figures show both the number of children living in workless households and the overall number of workless households are now at their lowest level since records began in 1996.


    Mr Stride said:


    “The Government’s three-pronged approach to welfare reform – getting tough on the minority who try to take advantage of our benefits system, providing more support for the majority who are genuinely looking for work, and ensuring that work always pays more than benefits – has had a huge impact on getting more people back into work. There is very strong evidence of a link between children growing up and seeing their parents putting in a hard day’s work with their attitudes towards education and work in the future. 637,000 fewer children growing up in workless households than there were eight years ago is a real achievement and the Government deserves credit for this significant progress.”


    UK unemployment now stands at a 43-year low at 1.36million, down from 2.51million in 2010. Youth unemployment over this time has also fallen by 447,000.







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