British towns and cities have neighbourhoods where more than half of the working age population rely on out-of-work benefits, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has revealed in a new study exposing how some communities have been shamefully left behind.
The investigation – Signed On, Written Off – says these areas represent an appalling waste of human potential and indifference from the political class.
One neighbourhood in Wales has as many as 67 per cent of working age people on out-of-work benefits – and Liverpool has nearly 70 areas where the number of people on benefits is 30 per cent or higher.
Christian Guy, CSJ Managing Director, said: “People in these neighbourhoods have been consistently written off as incapable and their poverty plight inevitable.
“Their lives have been limited by a fatalistic assumption that they have little prospect of anything better. This is not acceptable.”
The report highlights how Britain’s broken welfare system and other factors have trapped generations in worklessness and dependency. Across the country, 6.8 million people are living in a home where no one has a job – nearly one-fifth of UK children (1.8 million) are growing up in a workless household.
It adds that spending on welfare has spiralled in recent decades and in the five years of this Parliament alone £1 trillion will be spent on social security.