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UK the Sick Man of Europe


The UK has a total of 11.5% of households where no adults are working, compared to 10.5% in France, 9.2% in Germany and only 6% in the Netherlands, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) study has shown, the worst of the European big 6.
A 10% drop in the number of workless households would add around 1% to GDP, the study calculated.
It called for measures to tackle worklessness such as sanctions for benefit claimants who do not comply with training and labour market programmes.
Low skilled immigration from outside the EU should also be reduced, and there should be measures to ensure work pays, the report concluded.
The findings were published as the first phase of the Government’s “radical” welfare reform programme began with benefit claimants starting to be reassessed for their ability to work.
The move comes as new figures showed that almost £135 billion had been spent over the past 10 years keeping two million people “on the sick”.
Couple this with the fact that in total 8 million plus out of a working population of around 40 million means that the support levels are even higher than indicated above making the UK the sick man of Europe.

 

Author: Chris Slay

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