Working Age Population Benefits Essay

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BENEFITS- Benefits can be defined as… and are an integral part of modern welfare in Britain. The system is frequently changing, signalling the importance of the issue of employment inequalities to both the government and the public. Data shows that it is a relatively small proportion of the population who are reliant on benefits in the long term. Rather it is more likely for an individual or household to go on and off them many times if and when they are in need (1.). The spatial distribution of high proportions of working age population claiming benefits illustrates the north/south divide. For example, the highest proportions are found in Liverpool (18%) and Hull (17%). Out of the next 4 highest claiming cities only one can be found in the South (Hastings). Similarly, most of areas with the lowest proportion of claimants are found in the South of England. Out of the 7 areas with lower than 6.5% of claimants only one is in the North (York) (1.). These general figures don’t reveal the extent of the problem in specific areas of the country. This can be shown by the 41.3% of those ages 25-44 in the highest claiming consistency claiming benefits. This…show more content…
The spatial distribution of the population who are unemployed are increasingly uneven. Much of the data on unemployment illustrates the strength of the north/south divide yet again. For example, the proportion of men of working age who are unemployed is double in the North East of Britain compared to that of the South East (6.). Regional inequalities are vast and severely disadvantage those who live in certain areas. In addition, (6.) explores the positive correlation of unemployed people claiming sickness or disability for reason for not working with overall unemployment rates. The rate of sickness or disability reasons for unemployment accounts for nearly half of all unemployed males in the North East, whilst it is three times less in the South
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