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Tower Hamlets children destined for `future on dole'

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 05 October 2010

NEARLY half of children in the East End are living in households where no one works and are therefore destined to join their parents in the dole queue, according to a new report. Tower Hamlets has the highest amount of jobless families in the country, w

NEARLY half of children in the East End are living in households where no one works and are therefore destined to join their parents in the dole queue, according to a new report.

Tower Hamlets has the highest amount of jobless families in the country, with 47 per cent of children having parents on benefits.

The survey by the Prince's Trust charity found young people who live in households where no one works are more likely to struggle to find a job themselves and feel less positive about their future.

The survey of 16-24-year-olds found one in 10 young people across east London are expecting to end up on benefits because other people around them have, while nearly one in five feel their parents do not have the knowledge to help them find a job.

But the report Destined for the Dole also highlights three quarters do want to work and see finding a good job as their main priority for the future.

Rosemary Watt-Wyness, Prince's Trust regional director for London and the South East said: "It is a tragedy to think that so many feel condemned to a life on benefits.

"Only by giving young people skills, confidence and positive role models can we help them break out of this unemployment trap. With crucial support from the public and private sector, the trust aims to tackle this issue locally.

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