Big rise in number of ‘workless’ homes in East Lindsey

Government says Job Centres are just part of  on-going attempts to reduce the number of 'workless' houses
Government says Job Centres are just part of on-going attempts to reduce the number of 'workless' houses

Thousands more households have been left without working occupants in East Lindsey over the last decade, according to official figures – one of the largest rises in the UK.

Data from the Office of National Statistics shows there were around 10,700 ‘workless’ households in the area last year, an increase of 3,531 since 2008.

That’s a 49% rise over the period.

The ONS classes households as workless if no one aged 16 and over living there is employed.

They accounted for 26% of all homes in East Lindsey in 2018.

Across the East Midlands, 15% of households were workless, falling to 14% across the UK.

While figures were not broken down locally, the most common reason people gave for not being in employment across the East Midlands was sickness or disability – cited by 35% of those out of work.

Students made up 14% of jobless people, and early retirees 14%.

Only 13% of the group were officially unemployed, or looking for work and able to start within two weeks.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions, the number of workless households has fallen in all parts of the UK since 2010, with more than 1 million households with at least one adult in work.

A spokeswoman said: “We are committed to ensuring this trend continues by supporting people, especially parents, into work by providing personalised support through our job centres and under the new benefits system parents can claim up to 85% of childcare costs.”

But this has masked an “explosion” of insecure work pushing people into the red, said Trades Union Congress general secretary Frances O’Grady.

She said: “Any drop in unemployment is good, but it’s not right that millions of hard-working people across Britain are struggling to make ends meet.

“And if the Government presses ahead it with its threat of a no-deal Brexit this will only get worse.”

Mike Hawking, policy and partnerships manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, welcomed the rising employment rates, but cautioned that more working families were being “trapped in poverty”.

He said: “Low pay, low skills and a lack of good jobs in large parts of the country are holding people back from a decent life.

“People on low incomes are frustrated at the lack of action to improve their living standards and are demanding change.”