Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, has welcomed new figures showing that there are 22,234 fewer children in workless households in the Eastern Region since 2010. The number of children living in households with no one working is at a record low, meaning fewer children are living in families without the security of work. Since last year, 29,000 fewer children across the United Kingdom are living in workless households.
Overall across Britain the number of workless households is down 964,000 since 2010, with the proportion of workless households now at its lowest level since records began in 1996. The fall over the last year was 11,000.
Chloe said: “As founder and chair of the Norwich For Jobs Project, which has seen young people who have come from homes where their parents and grandparents have never worked, going into employment themselves, I know just how life-changing this can be. It’s excellent to see the number of children in workless households falling – with 22,234 fewer across the Eastern Region since 2010. This means more children in families in Norwich North with the security that comes with a good job and a regular pay packet.
“This is further evidence that the Conservatives’ reforms to welfare and support for business to create more jobs, as part of our work to build a stronger economy, is working.
“We are working hard to build a stronger and fairer economy - delivering a brighter, more secure future for families – but there is more to do. That is why we are investing in a modern Industrial Strategy to build a country that works for everyone. ”
· There are now 32.4 million people in work – with employment up 3.3 million since 2010 (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 14 August 2018, link).
Source: ONS, Working and Workless Households, 29 August 2018, link.