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20% of homes in large parts of West have no-one with a job

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

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One-in-five households in large parts of the Westcountry have no-one in work, figures show.

The Office for National Statistics has revealed there were 93,000 "workless" households across Devon and Cornwall in 2011, underlining the economic troubles in the region.

But 9,000 fewer jobless households were recorded last year than in 2010, a further indication that unemployment is falling.

However, some parts of the region saw more households plunge into worklessness, including Exeter, Mid Devon, Teignbridge and Plymouth.

Torbay continues to face the biggest battle against unemployment in the region.

The area has 22.5% of households without anyone in work – the highest proportion of any local authority in the wider South West. By comparison, in the neighbouring Devon County Council area the figure was lower at 15.1%.

Sickness was the main reason given by people living in workless households, although London had the highest percentage of people giving studying as a reason for not working, while retirement was often a reason in the South West.

Almost a third of households in some parts of the UK have no people in employment, the figures show.

A regional breakdown of national data showed Liverpool had the highest percentage of workless households in 2011 at 31.6%, down on the previous year's figure of 31.9%.

South Teesside had the second highest rate at 29.1%. The highest figure in Wales was 28.7% in the Central Valleys, including Merthyr Tydfil, while Glasgow topped the workless household league in Scotland, also at 28.7%.

Areas with the highest rates were heavily industrialised in the last century, with industries such as coal mining and shipbuilding, which have long been in decline.

The lowest percentage of workless households were mainly in the South of England, such as Oxfordshire (8%) and Buckinghamshire (9.8%).

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "These figures make clear that high concentrations of workless households are not due to a so-called 'benefits culture' but because of mass unemployment caused by the collapse of major industries."

Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment said: "In many areas, worklessness remains a substantial challenge. That is why we are taking action to ensure that those living in workless households and their children are given the right opportunities and support to succeed."

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  • farley22  |  September 11 2012, 1:03AM

    Nevman i like your comment to reptor, the man is a three lettered word for donkey!!!! and like you said do these people who feel they have the moral high ground in reasonably to well paid jobs who call the poorer in society, scroungers, feckless and burdens on the general public at large sign on when out of work or is that beneath them as well? i thought the class system was outdated but looking at some comments on here proves me wholely wrong and that is more disturbing then being on any benefits.

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  • farley22  |  September 11 2012, 12:54AM

    Bod66 it might be a good thing for those bubbles to burst, houses are over priced and out of reach to more and more people whilst the rich get more and the poor get less, and when i say poor that actually includes millions of people who are working for a pittence. how much more can you take away from people who have very little in the first place without reaping a backlash from the inadaquacies of an unfair and one sided financial playing field? keep on making that gap wider between the haves and have-nots and you will reap the rewards of unfairness and moral injustice, thatcher done this kind of thing in the early eighties and look at the peace and harmony she brought to the country...NOT!!! if this castigation and seperation of the poorest of society from the rest of society carries on then there will be nothing but bloodshed and damage not only to buildings and people but also to our country.

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  • Nevman  |  September 11 2012, 12:16AM

    Losing the argument seems to have made you bitter, talkmon. Perhaps it's because you put too much store on money, of which the greedy will never have enough to satisfy themselves. My needs are few. I can survive - just - on what little the state begrudges me. There are other values which are, ultimately, more satisfying than a big telly and a 4x4: good friends, a loving family, helping people. We come into this world with nothing, and we leave it with nothing. It's what we do in between that matters, and merely aiming to die with the most toys seems such a wasted opportunity.

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  • thetalkmon  |  September 09 2012, 11:04PM

    Nevman - Well these "big corporations" pay a lot more tax than you ever will and they provide jobs to thousands of employees. Maybe you are jealous of them as they are able to do something your not ,actually make money. GreenGOM - Wow a comment by the spelling police ,you didn't disagree or agree with anything I said. What a pointless comment which is nothing to do with the story. I got my views across in a way everyone understood so my comment achieved its goal. Here are sum more mispeeled wordz 4 you're amusmant I hopě you licke dem.

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  • GreenGOM  |  September 09 2012, 2:14PM

    @thetalkmon Am I right in assuming that your job doesn't require using the English language correctly? Quote: "Trust me their are jobs out their". I'm surprised any adult could make basic errors like this.

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  • Nevman  |  September 09 2012, 1:55PM

    Actually, thetalkmon, some of the money we pay in while we're working is supposed to go into a 'little pot' which people can claim back from when they need to. Or haven't you heard of National Insurance contributions. Don't blame me for the way the government chooses to spend the money it receives. Perhaps your frustration would be better expended on attacking rich people and corporations which do their damnedest not to pay into the system at all - but then you wouldn't get the dubious but sadly popular pleasure of kicking someone off a lower rung of the ladder, would you?

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  • thetalkmon  |  September 09 2012, 10:59AM

    Nevman - Trust me their are jobs out their if you try I know plenty of people some not even having any qualifications from school who now all have jobs. Getting a job is easy if you put the effort in!. You say you payed into the system when you worked but that money goes into paying for the government officials wages ,public building maintenance, foreign aid, road network upgrades and paying for people on benefits at that time. It does not go into a little pot for you to claim back in benefits when you fail to keep your job. It is all spent there and then the money you get now is coming from people who are working now. So don't think you can justify it like that.

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  • Nevman  |  September 09 2012, 9:11AM

    @reptor2456: Forgive me for 'sponging' off a system I've contributed to when I worked for pay, as opposed to my current heritage-based voluntary work - which I arranged myself, by the way, rather than waiting for some DWP 'scheme'. Maybe you should stop talking out of your backside, watch less TV (I rarely do - it rots your brain, you know) and take a look at the real world where real people don't fit into your sloppy-minded little pigeonholes. I'm doing various things for the community, making myself useful and keeping my skills fresh in the hope that the job market will pick up eventually. You, on the other hand, are merely dividing the community. Justify your own existence before denying other people theirs.

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  • Bod66  |  September 09 2012, 2:27AM

    the remaining 1% is that `grin an bear it`

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  • Bod66  |  September 09 2012, 2:27AM

    the remaining 1% is that `grin an bear it`

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