Homes with no worker has fallen in recent years, study shows


Children in the north east of England are twice as possible to live in a home with no job as families in the south east, as the north-south divide widens.

The number of homes with no worker has fallen recently in all aspects of the nation, yet the pace of the change is substantially faster in the south.

In general, the number of homes with no worker tumbled from 13pc out of 2011 to 10.1pc in 2016, a 22.3pc drop in those figures.

The administration welcomed the figures from the Office for National Statistics, specifically saying that the ratio of children living in homes with no working grown-up has tumbled to an all-time low, from 16.6pc in 2010 to 11.4pc in 2016.

“These latest figures are further proof that the strength of the economy is benefitting every part of the country,” said employment minister Damian Hinds.

“Our welfare reforms are encouraging more people into work, improving families’ security and children’s life chances.”

However, the fall in worklessness has not been spread equally.

Hartlepool had the most notable number of workless families from 2012-2016, the ONS stated, while Windsor and Maidenhead had the least.

The ONS published a rundown of the top 10 places for joblessness from 2007-2011, in comparison with 2012-2016.

A Telegraph investigation of their areas shows that the average region included into the top 10 list was 89 miles north farther in 2012-2016 than it was from 2007-2011, demonstrating that northern locales are falling behind southern areas.

That is supported by a study of bigger regions of the UK.

From 2011 to 2016, Northern Ireland saw little plunge as the number of workless families moved from 14.2pc to 14.1pc.

Scotland’s change was likewise generally small, tumbling from 14.1pc to 12.5pc – a change of 11.3pc between each of those proportions.

The north west of England was next with a change of 16.3pc in its proportion, trailed by Yorkshire and the Humber with a drop of one-fifth.

By contrast in more southern districts, the growth was significantly stronger, as joblessness fell rapidly.

London’s families had the biggest change with just 8.1pc jobless in 2016, a fall from 14.2pc in 2011, a decline of more than 33% in that ratio.

The south west of England was the next best performing area as its proportion tumbled from 11.2pc to 8.4pc, a drop of 25pc in that aspect.

The West Midlands was next with a fall of 24.3pc in its proportion.

It comes after the fall in joblessness went to 4.5pc, the most minimal level since the 1970s.

However, unemployment is not the main reason for the joblessness in families.

The main reason is illness and disability, which is the reason given by 31.5pc of individuals in a workless family unit.

Unemployment is only the fourth most-common reason, cited by 13.5pc of individuals in homes where no one works.