20 facts on families and unemployment

Liz Sewell will be running a Talking Table at Work In Progress 2105 on 19 March in Sheffield on Families and Unemployment – here are some key facts to help get the discussion going.

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  1. 1.5 million children live in workless households
  1. The percentage of households where no one has ever worked is 1.5%.
  1. In households with children: married or cohabiting men with children are the most likely to be employed; lone parents are the least likely.
  1. Lone parent households where no-one works has fallen from 51% in 1996, to 33% in 2014.
  1. In 2014 only 4.3% of couple households with children were workless.
  1. Lone parents make up 11% of JSA claimants
  1. 90% of lone parents on JSA are women
  1. Lone parents on JSA are most likely to have children between the ages of 6 and10
  1. Lone parents need to be preparing for work when their youngest children is 3.
  1. The Benefits Cap affects larger families more. As will caps on Child Benefit.
  2. 100,000 children were affected by benefit sanctions last year.
  1. Over 900,000 people were given three days emergency food last year at Trussell Trust Foodbanks. Up from 61,000 in 2010.
  1. Universal Credit will make starting work easier as people can take mini-jobs.
  1. Most people don’t understand conditionality on UC
  1. Couple parents will need to work for longer on UC to get maximum support
  1. Both the CBI and the TUC have said Childcare is a priority for the economic recovery
  1. Labour policy 25 hours a week childcare for 3-5s and 8am – 6pm wraparound care.
  1. LibDems policy 15 hours for all 2 year – 4 year olds.
  1. Conservatives are yet to announce their new policy
  1. Children’s Centres now have to support unemployed lone parents in their reach areas.

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