Reduction in the number of workless households across the Bradford District but Philip says "more needs to be done"

Numbers of households across the district where no one is working has fallen by 5,000 in the past year – but more needs to be done, an MP has said.

According to the Office of National Statistics there were 22,000 workless households in Bradford as of the end of December – 16.7 per cent of homes compared with 27,000 or 20.9 per cent the previous year.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said: “I am delighted the figures show a 5,000 reduction in the number of workless households but we have more to do. We need to encourage people into work and break the culture of worklessness and ensure it is not passed on to generations.

“Children deserve the best start in life and research has shown that children living in a household where someone is in work do better at school, have better chances later in life and go on to get better jobs.

“Government is committed to getting people into work and changes introduced are helping, including the benefit cap which has resulted in more people choosing work.”

The percentage of workless households across Bradford has fallen by 10 per cent since 2009 from 26.7 per cent (31,000 households) to the current 16.7 per cent (22,000 homes).

The number of working households and mixed working households has also increased since 2009 to 2017 with an increase from 44,000 to 53,000 in working households and 41,000 to 56,000 for mixed households.

Mr Davies added: “MPs and the council need to keep working together to attract new businesses to the area to create jobs and ensure there are work opportunities for people looking for work. I will keep doing everything I can to ensure jobs are available and people get the right support they need to find work.”