The prospects for worklessness in Britain's weaker local economies

BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, S. (2011). The prospects for worklessness in Britain's weaker local economies. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 4 (3), 401-417.

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Abstract

Worklessness on benefits is far wider than just ‘unemployment’. Across Britain in the wake of recession, a total of 5 million men and women of working age are out-of-work on benefits. They are also unevenly spread across the country: in the worst 100 districts outside London, which cover nearly a third of the UK population, the working age benefit claimant rate averages 18%. This paper reviews the trends in benefit numbers and in employment and shows that in Britain's weaker local economies there was positive progress up until the recession. Looking ahead, however, a range of scenarios suggest there is little prospect that benefit claimant rates in these places will be reduced to acceptable levels by 2020.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1093/cjres/rsr018
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 09:40
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 09:40
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4580

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