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Chancellor misses opportunity to tackle youth unemployment

Angelo Evangelou

05 December 2013

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, Lizzie Crowley, head of youth unemployment programmes at The Work Foundation, said:

“The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement has revealed that despite low business investment and a lack of export growth he has already taking the recovery for granted. While some welcome measures were announced in the Autumn Statement, much more is needed to really tackle the UK’s youth unemployment crisis.

“We welcome the investment in JobCentre Plus to help 16-17 year olds into apprenticeships or traineeships as this will help to plug an important gap in the support available for young people. The focus on increasing the number of higher level apprenticeships also sets the right tone.

“However, many more areas require urgent reform, supported by additional resources. Tackling failures in our system of careers advice and guidance, for example, would have a much greater impact than scrapping Employer National Insurance Contributions for under-21s. This policy is unlikely to encourage a significant number of employers to take on more young people.“


Notes to editors

1. Ian Brinkley, Lizzie Crowley and Charles Levy are available for interviews, briefings and written comments.
2. The letter submitted to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement is available on The Work Foundation website - or available from the press office ahead of time
3. The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent, international authority on work and its future. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.

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