New statistics show that the number of homes in which no one has done a hard day’s work almost doubled over the past 13 years.
Research by the Office of National Statistics found that there are 352,000 homes in which no one has ever worked. About a third of these are occupied by students in full-time education, but 269,000 are occupied by adults who do nothing and have never done anything to support themselves. This figure is double what it was in 1997.
The bleak figures add to growing evidence that Britain is developing an underclass of unemployed people with little chance of ever finding employment.
Around five million who could work collect benefits, and a million of those are in the under-24 age bracket.
The ONS report, gathered from the Labour Force Survey, said that among those who have never worked and who are not students, 68% are not even seeking work.
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