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Revealed: The one million people who are fit-to-work but have been on benefits for three years
4 out of 10 work-related benefits claimed by long-term unemployed Iain Duncan Smith releases report which includes the damning figuresMinisters under fire for capping benefits at 26,000 a year per household
Study found a third of all children are not living with both birth parents
, there were 2.3 million claims for benefits that indicate a capacity for work or work-related activity.
‘One million of those were from people who had been claiming one or more of the main working-age benefits for at least three out of the preceding four years.’
According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, social security spending will rise from 180billion this year to nearly 198billion in 2017/18.
The report, published to mark the first anniversary of the Government’s social justice strategy, also lays bare shocking figures about family breakdown.
Two out of three children aged 12 to 16 in low-income households are no longer living with both their birth parents.
, 16.8 per cent fewer pupils on free school meals achieved good grades than those who were better off.
The social justice strategy set out a series of targets to tackle the root causes of disadvantage, including family stability, worklessness and drug and alcohol addiction.
The clampdown on out-of-work benefits is part of a raft of changes the government is introducing to curb steep rises in the UK's benefits bill
More than half of the 56,000 families affected by the benefits cap have four or more children, according to estimates by the Department for Work and Pensions
Mr Duncan Smith said the figures showed that bringing in charities and private firms to help families with little history of work and to assess people for their fitness to work was the right move.
He added: ‘This approach starts with the family – the foundation of our society.
‘We are prioritising children’s formative years and supporting strong, stable family relationships which we know offer children the best start in life.’