Workless household numbers fall

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Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The number of households where no adults are in work has seen a record fall, new figures have shown.

The percentage of households where no adults work fell by 1.4% between April and June to 15.9%.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it was the largest fall since records began in 1996.

The percentage of households where all adults work was 55.3%, up by 1.5%.

The North East had the highest percentage of workless households at 21.2%, while the South East had the lowest at 12.3%.

The percentage of households where no adult has ever worked remained at 1.5%.

The data also revealed that 1.5 million children were living in workless households, down by 132,000 from a year earlier.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “There is no better example of welfare reform in action than giving children the economic security of living in a household where people are bringing home a regular pay packet.

“My priority has always been to get people back to work who had been left behind – people for whom work was not part of their life. These record figures show that not only are we successfully helping people to escape worklessness and turn their lives around, but we are also giving hope to the next generation.”

The Department for Work and Pensions said the new figures showed that the number of children living in a household where no one has a job is the lowest since records began 18 years ago, down by 387,000 compared to 2010.

The number of workless households has fallen by 671,000 since 2010, bringing it to a record low, while the employment rate for lone parents is also the highest on record and has seen the largest ever annual increase.

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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