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Thousands more young people claiming JSA

Welfare to work needs a boost as thousands more claim JSA

A study by Barnardo’s has highlighted that almost a third of people claiming JSA are aged between 18 -24. Claimants in this age group jumped by almost 40,000 to more than 408,000 between November 2010 and February 2011. The charity describes the ticking time bomb of a Lost Generation.  Scotland saw the biggest increase in claimants in this age group with a jump of 5,200, followed by the North West  (4,570) the South East (4,020), Yorkshire and the Humber (3,880) and the West Midlands (3,740).

Figures last week also showed that the number of young people not in education, employment or training rose at a record rate last year with almost 1 million Britons aged between 19 and 24 now classified as NEETs.


The young are being hit particularly hard. With the prospect of more cuts we are unlikely to see this trend reverse. We are now seeing increasing competition for low level jobs from people who are over qualified.

We are seeing an overall slowing down of the economy and fears that things will worsen over the autumn. Surely part of the answer lies in the introduction of a Future Jobs Fund type initiative which will create a much needed economic spark!

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