Ace, No 1 is about a mile from my house, most of the population live in a sprawling estate that used to be used on Frost and several tower blocks.
Doesn't surprise me in the least that this is the worst area, most of the people are white layabouts.
I used to have a girl work for me who lived on the estate, she wouldn't do a second more than 15 hours a week or else her housing benefit would be reduced. During the 15 hours a week she was in work she'd do about 1 hours work and 14 hours moaning about how little money she had - the irony of this never dawned on her and during my first and only round of redundancies she was straight out of the door.
I was born and bred in Harpurhey, No.4. During the 1950's everybody helped each other and we all managed somehow. Anthony Burgess (I think) once described Harpurhey as the "Most deprived place in England". We were totally unaware, as kids, that we were deprived. All the old houses have been cleared and new modern slums put in their place. I left the area in 1966, and on the odd occasions I do go back it seems that "Gangsta" culture is rife, and the place is like Beirut, but with windows. Sadly, nowadays, I am unable to work due to illness, so I haven't really escaped.
I have a friend who due to ill health has been on benefits for 10 years. They have retrained but every time they go for a job & explain they have had depression suddenly offers of jobs dry up! It's sadly the way society looks at those who have been ill & are on benefit as if they are scum or low lifes.
My friend would take ANY job offered. Would even work for less than they get on benefit. So as they could hold their head up high & say they were employed.
I am glad the map doesn't go further North into Scotland as Glasgow is supposed to be the worst city in Britain per head of population for people on incapacity benefit. But it is noticeable how the areas with the highest level of incapacity claimants are also the poorest and most deprived areas of our country.
If people see no way out of their poverty then they will try and get as much as they can out of a state that they feel has let them down, I am not condoning it but I can understand it.