Updated Northern Ireland indicators

  • In receipt of tax credits:
    • first graph (over time): the number of working households who are in receipt of tax credits has doubled over the last decade.
    • second graph (by local authority): the proportion of working-age households receiving tax credits is higher in most of the western districts than in most of the eastern ones.
    • third graph (compared to Great Britain): Northern Ireland has a higher proportion of households who are in receipt of tax credits than any of the Great Britain regions.
  • Children in workless households:
    • first graph (over time): whilst the number of children in workless households has been rising in the last few years, it is – at 60,000 chldren – still lower than that of a decade ago.
    • second graph (by household type): half of all children of lone parents live in households which are workless. This compares to one in twenty for children of couples.
    • third graph (compared to Great Britain): the proportion of children who are in workless households in Northern Ireland is slightly lower than the UK average.
  • Wanting paid work:
    • fourth graph (lacking work – compared to Great Britain): Northern Ireland’s high number of people not in paid work is entirely accounted for by the high number of students and long-term sick/disabled.
  • Work and disability:
    • third graph (shares): among those who are aged 25 to retirement and not working, around half are disabled.
  • Work and lone parents:
    • first graph (over time): around 55% of lone parents are working, up from around 45% a decade ago.
    • second graph (compared to Great Britain): one in seven lone parents in Northern Ireland lack, but want, paid work, a much smaller proportion than in any of the regions of Great Britain.
  • Workless households:
    • first graph (over time by household type): single adult households – both with and without children – are much more likely to be workless than couple households.
    • second graph (shares by household type): more than half of all workless, working-age households are single adults without dependent children.
  • Without home contents insurance:
    • first graph (by income): more than half of the poorest households are uninsured. This compares with one in five for households on average incomes.