ONS reveals that workless households are at a record low

The Office for National Statistics has revealed that the proportion of UK households, where no adult aged 16 to 64 is in work, has fallen by 182,000 over the past year. Between April and June this year, there were 3.5 million such households in the UK, which is about 17.1% of all households including a working age adult. This was down from 3.7 million, or 17.9%, a year earlier. Workless households are defined as homes where no-one aged from 16 to 64 is in employment. This is normally because they are looking for work, or they have chosen not to work, or they are unable to work. Mark Hoban, the Minister for Employment, said: “Helping people off benefits and into work is one of this government’s top priorities, so it is good news that the number of workless households has fallen by more than 425,000 since the coalition took office.” The largest proportion of workless households was recorded at 20.9% in 1996, which is when records began. This fell steadily to 17.3% in 2006 before rising to 19.2% in 2010. It has fallen relatively sharply in the past three years. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with employment law solicitors in Bath and across the country.