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

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Worklessness

EES 6: Percentage of workless households

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Wiltshire has seen a slight increase in the amount of workless households to 16,400 households, an increase of 2,400 households representing 10.7% of all households.Wiltshire’s rate is lower than its statistical neighbours at 10.9% and lower than the national average which stands at 14.3%. This ranks Wiltshire 34 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from nomis 2018 showing Jan-Dec 2018 data.

EES 7: Percentage of children living in poverty

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In Wiltshire the percentage of children living in poverty (10.2%) compares favourably to its statistical neighbours (11.6%) and very well to the national level (17.1%). Currently the challenge is making people aware of the benefits available to them e.g. childcare relief. This data was sourced from HMRC statistics Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families’ local measure 2016 published December 2018.

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Claimants

EES 48: 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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Under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker’s Allowance. As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise, as has been seen since December. In July 2019, Wiltshire’s claimant count was 4,685 individuals claiming (1.6%). This is slightly lower than the national average of 2.8% and in line with its statistical neighbour’s percentage of 1.6%. Wiltshire ranks joint 17 out 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS August 2019.

EES 49: Percentage of claimant count aged 18-24

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Claimant Count for individuals aged 18-24 has decreased slightly to 2.6% in July 2019, representing 855 claimants. This rate is lower than the national average (3.8%) but it is still a slightly higher amount than Wiltshire’s statistical neighbours (2.4%). This data was sourced from NOMIS August 2019.

EES 50: 18-24 year olds as a proportion of the claimant count

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The amount of 18-24 year old claimants as a proportion of the entire claimant count (855/4,685 individuals) has slightly decreased compared to the previous month; the county has a lower proportion compared to its statistical neighbours (18.6%) and the national average (18.7%). This data was sourced from NOMIS August 2019.

EES 51: 50+ year olds as a proportion of the claimant count

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Wiltshire’s proportion of 50+ year old claimants (1,260/4,685 individuals) has risen slightly compared to the previous month (26.7%). However, Wiltshire still compares very well with its statistical neighbours (28.1%), but is above the national average is 25.5%. This data was sourced from NOMIS August 2019.

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