What explains the growth in 'never-worked' households?

| Publication date: 24 Sep 2015 | Theme: Employment & Social policy | External Author(s): Rosso, A; Gaffney, D | Report to: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This research investigates what drove the substantial increase in 'never-worked' households between 1996-2005.

The number of homes where no one has ever worked has doubled in little more than a decade. But is this a sign of growing ‘welfare dependency’ or the result of other factors? This report looks at the characteristics of ‘never-worked’ households and considers the possible reasons for the increase.

It finds that most never-worked household are lone parent households and younger single people; there is little or no evidence of a problem of ‘intergenerational worklessness’.

Keyword tags: 
never-worked
welfare dependency
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