Children risk being ‘damaged’ if their fathers are unemployed as they lose a role model, a Government report in UK has claimed.

In a report to health professionals, officials have warned that children lose a role model when their fathers are unemployed, and it affects their happiness and well-being.

The Department of Health report found that children need a stable figure who goes to work and provides for them.

It claimed that unemployment and a dependency on benefits erodes children’s self-esteem – and can affect them years after their fathers’ find jobs.

The report said: ‘there is evidence that unemployment of a parent may cause a child to have lower levels of well-being in the longer term’, The Times reported.

In a report to health professionals, officials have warned that children lose a role model when their fathers are unemployed

‘If a child’s father is unemployed , even if the father is re-employed, in future years, this may adversely affect a child’s happiness and self-esteem.’

A record number of cash-strapped older women have been forced back into work by the rising cost of living, a study has found.

A report by the TUC will reveal 2,278,000 more women are in work now compared to 20 years ago.

Of those, 72 per cent – or 1,645,000 – are aged 50 or over.

Official data from the Office of National Statistics released last week showed female employment in the UK has reached its highest level since records began, as the overall number of unemployed people fell again at the end of last year,.

The employment rate among women reached 67.2 per cent, the highest level since 1971.

However, the number of people on the dole tumbled to the lowest level for more than five years last month as the economic recovery continued.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the so-called Claimant Count – those getting Jobseeker’s Allowance – fell by 27,600 to 1.22million in January.

It was the lowest number since December 2008 and down 327,600 or 21.2 per cent on a year earlier, when more than 1.5million out-of-work Brits were on the dole.

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Culled from Daily Mail


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