A clearly presented report on the state of UK cities in 2010/11 (PDF link), with emphasis on jobs growth and the likely impact of the curtailing of state benefits that are (rather amazingly) available to the earning middle-classes. Only 12 per cent of the UK’s welfare cash is spent on the major “out of work” benefits. Much of the rest goes to middle class households and to (sometimes relatively affluent) pensioners. It seems ridiculous that households with incomes over £50,000, and savings of £16,000, can get state benefits. A recent report from Research by Reform said £31 billion is spent annually on “middle class welfare”. When indirect in-kind subsidies are added, the total reaches £41.4 billion.