Belfast Telegraph

Number of children in 'workless' households lowest in a decade

The number of children living in households where people are long-term unemployed has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, figures show.

The total of 1.1 million last year was 92,000 fewer than in 2015 and half a million down on 2010.

Official figures showed that 9.3% of children are in long-term "workless" households - longer than a year out of a job - the first time in at least a decade that the figure has fallen below 10%.

Employment minister Damian Hinds said: "With more than three million people in work since 2010, we're giving people the chance to find work and to achieve a regular household income.

"We know that children growing up in working households do better in school and are more likely to be in work in adult life.

"We will continue to build on this success and break the cycle of worklessness. At the heart of our welfare reforms is the goal to help people improve their lives."

The South East had the lowest percentage of children, aged under 15, in long-term workless households, at 5.8%, while Northern Ireland had the highest (14.9%), the Office for National Statistics reported.

London has seen the greatest decrease in the percentage of children in long-term workless households, falling 12.9% to 8.5% over the past decade.

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