Thousands claim benefits for 10 years

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MORE than 89,000 people across Yorkshire and the Humber have spent the last 10 years claiming at least one type of out-of-work benefit, according to new figures released today.

They show that 81,680 people in the region have been claiming employment support allowance and incapacity benefits for the past decade.

The report also reveals that for the past 10 years 110 people have claimed job seekers’ allowance and 460 have received other income-related benefits. There were also 4,590 residents claiming lone parent and 2,240 claiming carers benefits over the same time frame.

Employment minister Chris Grayling said: “With the right help thousands of people could be making a contribution to the economy.

“In just over a year we have put in place the biggest welfare-to-work programme this country has ever seen. The Work Programme will start helping people now, giving them the support they need when they need it and will ensure that people who can work are supported properly to do so.”