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Sole survivor

Nearly one in three households relied solely on benefits to survive last year, according to data released by the Office of National Statistics (ON).

And it's been that way for the last two years, with the figures showing 3.9 million households out of work in the UK last year – a total of 5.4 million people.

And, in more than 30 percent of households in Liverpool, Glasgow and Nottingham, more than 30 percent of households could be classified as 'workless.'

The main reason for not being in work nationally was sickness or a disability. Studying and early retirement were some other common reasons.

But the figures actually represent a fall in the number of entire households that are out of work this year.

Employment minister Chris Grayling said: 'While the slight fall in the numbers of workless households is encouraging, these figures still underline the sheer scale of the challenge we face.

'Over the last decade thousands of people were simply abandoned to a lifetime on benefits, and a staggering 1.84 million children are living in homes where currently no one works.'

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