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Birmingham has been named as the benefits capital of Britain, according to official figures
In total, four areas of “Britain’s second city” feature among a league table of constituencies with the highest proportion of claimants.
Birmingham Ladywood topped the list – with 10.3 per cent of residents receiving unemployment handouts.
The neighbouring Hodge Hill seat was second on 8.9 per cent, while Perry Barr and Erdington were fifth and sixth respectively.
Using last month’s data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the figures were compiled by the House of Commons library.
And they lay bare the extent of welfare dependency in some parts of the UK.
One source explained: “Different areas of the country fare considerably better than others. But I’m afraid Birmingham as our second city appears to have many problems.”
Four areas of the city featured among a table of constituencies with the highest share of claimants
Birmingham Ladywood had 6,125 people receiving among its working age population of just under 60,000 people.
The number of claimants in Hodge Hill was 4,075, in Perry Barr it was 3,845, and Erdington 3,475.
Birmingham has certainly had its share of adverse publicity over apparent deprivation and was the focus of the 2014 Channel 4 shock documentary Benefits Street.
The show, which quickly became a ratings hit but sparked protests in the city itself, followed a year in the life of inhabitants of James Turner Street, where 90 per cent were said to be claiming from the State.
Elsewhere, the figures showed a wide variety when it came to an area’s reliance on the benefits system.
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Birmingham Ladywood topped the list with 10.3 per cent of residents receiving unemployment handouts
Northern Ireland was also confirmed as a benefits hotspot, with Foyle third in the rankings recording a claimant rate of 8.7 per cent.
Belfast West was seventh on 7.4 per cent and Belfast North tenth with 6.8 per cent.
Other areas to score high percentages of people claiming benefits included Middlesbrough 8.3 per cent, Hartlepool 7.0 per cent and South Shields 7.0 per cent.
In stark contrast, South Cambridgeshire had the lowest rate in the UK of just 0.6 per cent.
And in total, across the country the average benefits claimant rate was 2.6 per cent.
Benefits mum: Cheryl Prudham Fri, December 18, 2015
Unemployed Couple Robert and Cheryl Prudham receive around £38,000 a year in benefits for their 12 children. The couple have spent thousands on holidays and designer clothes, here they are with trolley loads of Xmas presents.
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Cheryl Prudham and her family at home in Kent, the family receive £38000 a year in benefits
In Scotland the highest benefits claimant rate was 6.3 per cent in Glasgow North East, while Methyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency in Wales recorded 4.6 per cent.
The figures come after more upbeat employment statistics were released earlier this week.
They revealed that unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in a decade as a record number of job vacancies are on offer.
The jobless total was cut by 45,000 in the quarter to February to 1.56 million, a reduction of 141,000 since a year ago and the lowest since the end of 2006.
The number of people in work continued to increase – up by 39,000 on the latest quarter to 31.8 million, giving an employment rate of 74.6per cent, the joint highest since records began in 1971.