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The prospects for worklessness in Britain's weaker local economies

By Christina Beatty and S. Fothergill


Worklessness on benefits is far wider than just ‘unemployment’. Across Britain in the wake of recession, a total of 5 million men and women of working age are out-of-work on benefits. They are also unevenly spread across the country: in the worst 100 districts outside London, which cover nearly a third of the UK population, the working age benefit claimant rate averages 18%. This paper reviews the trends in benefit numbers and in employment and shows that in Britain's weaker local economies there was positive progress up until the recession. Looking ahead, however, a range of scenarios suggest there is little prospect that benefit claimant rates in these places will be reduced to acceptable levels by 2020

Year: 2011
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