These statistics show the percentages of workless households and child poverty, and also cover JSA claimants.

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Worklessness
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Worklessness

EES 6: Percentage of Workless Households

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Wiltshire has a lower rate than its statistical neighbours (11.7%) of workless households, representing 16,000 households. Wiltshire has now returned to pre-recession levels, but the introduction of Universal Credit may mean that this becomes more difficult to measure. Out of work benefit won’t exist when U.C comes in, as it will be for single people who aren’t homeowners. This data was sourced from Workless Households for Regions across the UK, 2015, published 2016.

EES 7: Percentage of Children Living in Poverty

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Wiltshire compares favourably to its Statistical Neighbours (13.1%) and the National level (19.9%), for the percentage of children living in poverty. Currently the challenge is making people aware of the benefits available to them e.g. childcare relief. For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked well nationally; 15 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from HMRC statistics Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families’ local measure 2014 published September 2016.

EES 8: Percentage of the Working Age Population Claiming at Least One Form of Out of Work Benefit

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Wiltshire is back to pre-recession levels for the amount of people claiming at least one form of out of work benefit (16,010 individuals). The main out-of-work benefits include the groups: job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits. Wiltshire compares favourably with the national average (8.4%) and also better than its statistical neighbours (5.8%). Wiltshire is ranked well nationally at 24. This data was sourced from NOMIS (Key out-of-work benefits) November 2016.

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Claimants

EES 9: Percentage of Working Age Population Claiming JSA

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As of November 2016 Wiltshire had 1,660 individuals claiming Job Seekers Allowance, which ranks Wiltshire highly at joint 21 nationally out of 152 counties. Wiltshire matches its statistical neighbours (0.6%), and is better than the National average (1.1%). This data was sourced from NOMIS November 2016.

EES 51: Percentage of Claimant Count (JSA, national insurance credits and universal credits with the reason of being unemployed) of Working Age Population

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Wiltshire’s Claimant Count was 2,720 individuals in May 2017. Claimant count includes: receiving JSA, National Insurance Credits and Universal Credits with the reason of being unemployed. For this performance indicator Wiltshire is ranked joint 14 nationally and compares well with the county’s statistical neighbours (1.0%) and against the national average (2.0%). This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2017.

EES 52: Percentage of Claimant Count Aged 18-24

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Claimant Count for individuals aged 18-24 is currently at 1.8% representing 570 individuals. Wiltshire has broadly the same rate as its statistical neighbours (1.5%), and Wiltshire compares well with the national average (2.8%). This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2017.

EES 53: 18-24 year olds as a proportion of the Claimant Count

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Wiltshire has seen a decrease in the 18-24 year olds as a proportion of the entire claimant count (570/2,720 individuals) then the previous month and has reduced the gap to its statistical neighbours (20.1%) and the National average (20.4%). This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2017.

EES 54: 50+ Year Olds as a Proportion of the Claimant Count

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Wiltshire has seen a slight increase in the proportion of 50+ year old claimants (760/2,720 individuals) compared to the previous month but has remained relatively consistent around 27%, and this compares well with its statistical neighbours (28.7%), but is slightly higher than the National average (25.3%). This data was sourced from NOMIS May 2017.

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