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Unemployed parents are desperate for their kids to get work – and help them try to find jobs, a report has found.

The research rubbishes the Tory myth of families with generation after generation of unemployed members. Experts looked at whether there were “three generations of families who have never worked” and if unemployment was down to a “culture of worklessness” in some families. And their report found the claims were nonsense. A team led by Professors Andy Furlong, of Glasgow University, and Robert MacDonald and Tracy Shildrick, of Teesside University, quizzed families in Glasgow and Middlesbrough.

And they were unable to find any with three generations in which no one had ever worked. The working-age children remained strongly committed to finding work as part of a transition to adulthood. They were keen to avoid the poverty, worklessness and other problems experienced by their parents. The study found policy-makers should ditch theories that a culture of worklessness existed. Instead, the focus should be on policies which provide long-term, secure jobs with good pay and benefits to help people move away from poverty. Prof Furlong said: “Because of multiple problems faced, many in the middle generation are resigned to their long-term worklessness but, as parents, they are unanimous in wantingtheir children to be able to get work.”

Prof MacDonald added: “Exposing the myth of the ‘welfare scrounger’ is the first step towards better informed debate and policy.”

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