Almost one in eight Britons- more than 7.2 million adults and children nationwide- live in households completely reliant on welfare benefits, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
According to statistics, 18.7 per cent of UK households had no one in work during 2009, a sharp rise from the 16.9 per cent given in 2008.
Chris Grayling, employment minister, said: “This is more shocking evidence of the scale of the challenge we face – thousands of people in towns and cities across the country simply left behind at the back of the queue. This will not continue.
“The work programme we are bringing in will give people the support that’s right for them to get work ready, while our reform of the benefit system will make work pay and bring an end to the cycle of welfare dependency.”
Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, is an innovative solution to the national problems of worklessness and welfare dependency.
Recycling Lives provides opportunities for people facing an uncertain future, including the homeless, workless and welfare dependent, to turn their lives around; through accommodation, education, training and work experience.
The Recycling Lives programme creates skilled, confident employees with a strong work ethic.
So far, 100 per cent of individuals who have completed the programme have achieved full time employment and independent living.
The commercial arm of Recycling Lives also provides employment opportunities to the long-term unemployed through a variety of schemes, such as the Future Jobs Fund and Achieve North West.
Through the Future Jobs Fund, 96 out-of-work young adults have been given the opportunity of employment- eight of them in October, with a further six places to be filled in November.
The Achieve North West scheme, designed to help ex-offenders on probation become more employable, will see 250 participants undertake a preparation for employment course, 50 of whom will take part in a 16-week paid working programme, with 13 participants eventually being offered a full time position with Recycling Lives.
Recycling Lives Training Co-ordinator, Sidonie Richardson, who liaises with employment scheme participants, said: “Schemes such as the Future Jobs Fund and Achieve North West are important and valuable methods of helping people turn their lives around and enjoy a more prosperous future.”
“Recycling Lives is committed to helping those facing an uncertain future and boosting skills and employability in the local community. These schemes help us achieve both of these objectives.”