ALMOST a quarter of homes in Tameside are without work, according to official figures.
Labour's Angela Rayner has found that there are more than 17,000 homes in the borough where no member of the family has work of any kind.
The figures are revealed in a new survey by the Office of National Statistics, a government body.
It means that 23.9 per cent of households in Tameside are unable to earn a living - almost a quarter of homes in the borough.
Angela, Labour's Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Ashton-under-Lyne, said:" These are shameful figures which highlight the true cost of David Cameron's austerity policies for local people.
"There are families in Tameside now where three generations have never had a job.
"This creates a culture of worklessness, where families have no chance of breaking out of the cycle of benefit dependency and no hope of trying to get on in the world.
"Entire families are paying the price for cuts. The figures show that the Tories so-called economic recovery is not reaching Ashton."
The ONS figures show that in Greater Manchester, only Manchester and Salford have higher numbers of workless households than Tameside. The ONS says that households may be workless through unemployment, sickness or disability.
Angela Rayner added: "Labour's job guarantee to every 18 to 24 year old claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than a year, and every adult aged 25 and over who has been claiming for more than two years, will help give families in Ashton employment, new hope and opportunity."