UK has high number of “workless” households

| October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

A study by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has found that Britain has the highest rate of “workless” households of all major EU countries.

A jobless households means those without any adults in employment.

According to the Centre, one in eight British adults lives in a workless household, and the study established that a large percentage of adults (in particular, men) had either never worked or not had a steady job for many years.

The report comes at a time when the Coalition Government is planning to overhaul Britain’s benefits system.

The massive overhaul is aimed at helping people get back to work but, at the same time, end the situation where some risk losing out financially if they take a job.

Today, Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions secretary, announced that those on incapacity benefit will be forced to undergo medical tests.

The tests, which will be trialled in Burnley and Aberdeen from today, will be rolled out throughout the country from next April.

The move, which is aimed at saving billions of pounds, will see those able to work put into jobs or placed on jobseekers’ allowance – slicing a third of their payments.

Meanwhile, returning to the CPS report, Jill Kirby, said it reinforces the belief that “welfare reform is urgently needed“.

She adds that not only is it important to increase work participation, it will help to “strengthen the British economy and to aid recovery.”

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