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'True' scale of Glasgow jobless
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The report says one in four people claim benefits
The number of people out of work in Glasgow is five times higher than government figures show, according to new research.

A report given to BBC Scotland says that one in four adults in Glasgow is now claiming some type of benefit.

The research, carried out by the University of Glasgow, shows that the unemployment problem is far greater in Glasgow than any other city in the UK.

The latest estimates show that 110,000 people in Glasgow claim state benefit - a quarter of the working age population.

Of this, 66% are classified as sick and disabled and a further 15% are lone parents.

The latest government figures show that more than 18,000 people claim Job Seekers allowance. This is the figure the government uses to calculate unemployment.

But behind the numbers there is an army of "hidden unemployed" - people claiming other benefits, according to the university's investigation.

Dependency culture

About 70,000 of them are claiming incapacity and disability benefits.

The research also shows that the longer people are on benefit, the less likely they are to actively seek employment.

This so-called dependancy culture is regarded as a major obstacle to the city's future economic growth.

The study recommends improvements within the organisations whose job it is to help the unemployed, such as the city council and its social work department, Scottish Enterprise and Careers Scotland.




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BBC Scotland's Hayley Millar
"Glasgow's hidden unemployment is worse than official figures show"



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