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More work, less benefits.

THE revelation that one in ten people in the North East have been claiming one benefit or another for three of the past four years is not a very palatable one.

What is more annoying is that it does not come as a major surprise.

While there are undoubtedly individuals who milk the Welfare State as much as they can, the truer explanation for such statistics is that not enough people are in full-time employment in our region.

Lack of work brings with it an over-reliance on the services and benefits provided by the Welfare State.

Four per cent of the North East population are claiming benefits and eight per cent of the working population are unemployed - both way above the national average.

Which brings us to a simple conclusion. More work will bring less reliance on benefits - and the sooner the better.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 22, 2016
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