Benefits in Britain

Despite being in times of “austerity”, unemployment in the UK has surprisingly been at its lowest since 2008, according to the LFS (Labour Force Survey).

The number of people claiming benefits when out of work, such as Job Seeker’s Allowance has reduced by almost a half, over the last five years.

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Data gathered by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) showed that, even though women are more likely to be out of work due to several reasons, such as staying at home with the kids, the number of men who actually claimed Job seeker’s allowance was much higher than women.

Claimants of Job seeker's allowance in the UK

However, since the UK’s benefit system is considered one of the most generous in Europe, there is big misconception when it comes to the number of people who actually claim some sort of support.

A survey carried out amongst students at London Metropolitan University, showed that 3 in every 4 believe there are more people taking advantage of the welfare system, than the people who are entitled or have some sort of necessity.