Report: 'Half of adults in welfare ghettos on benefits'

Britain is rife with welfare ghettos where more than half of its working age population is dependent on unemployment benefits, a new report claims.

In a study entitled Signed Off, Written Off, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) says that as many as 6.8 million people and 1.8 million children in the UK have been trapped into long-term poverty.

The welfare ghettos trapping as many as 6.8 million people are a national disgrace.They represent years of tragic failure and indifference from the political class. People in these neighbourhoods have been consistently written off as incapable and their poverty plight inevitable.Their lives have been limited by a fatalistic assumption that they have little prospect of anything better.

– Christian Guy, CSJ managing director

Some British towns and cities contain welfare ghettos where more than half of working age residents depend on out-of-work benefits, according to the report.