Dramatic increase in Jobseeker’s allowance claims by young people

According to a recent report by the Prince’s Trust and Royal Bank of Scotland, the number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months has quadrupled since before the recession, with 5,840 young people claiming assistance in 2008 and over 25,800 doing the same this year.

The dramatic rise has left the UK with a much higher youth jobless rate than many other European countries, including Germany, Denmark, Austria, Norway and the Netherlands.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince’s Trust, commented: “The annual cost for a jobseeker can reach £16,000. The argument for intervention and support is unquestionable.”

The TUC’s general secretary Brendan Barber said: “While the Government focuses all its energies on spending cuts, the prospect of losing a generation of young people to unemployment and under-achievement looms ever larger.

“A million young people lost their jobs in the recession, crucial education and job-support schemes have been scrapped and they’ll soon be priced out of going to university. It’s no wonder young people are angry about being left high and dry by this government.”

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