AROUND 300,000 jobless Brits are missing out on state benefits by failing to claim money they are entitled to, a new report has revealed.
A study by the Resolution Foundation says the “forgotten unemployed” are often put off by a complex and overly punitive benefits system.
And they are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions to focus more attention on those on the "margins" of the labour market.
The think tank said the group not getting unemployment benefits worth at least £73 a week were mainly older people, especially women aged 55 to 64, and younger men.
Most were jobless, but a significant minority were in work and entitled to claim Universal Credit or Jobseeker's Allowance.
It said many of them don't make a claim if they were living with a partner or parents, and urged the Government to make it easier for people to do so.
David Finch, senior economic analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: "Over the last 20 years, a growing number of unemployed people are not claiming unemployment benefits.
"Policy makers have generally been pretty relaxed about this gap, assuming that is largely due to people finding new work very quickly, or having other sources of financial support at home.
"But while there are good reasons for some people not to claim benefits, there are also around 300,000 forgotten unemployed people who are falling through the cracks and not getting the financial support that they need and are entitled to."
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