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Lizzie Crowley

National improvement to NEET rate but local challenges remain

Authors: Lizzie Crowley Lizzie Crowley

22 May 2014

Commenting on today's Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) statistics released by the ONS, Lizzie Crowley, head of youth unemployment programmes at The Work Foundation, Lancaster University said:

'The level of youth disengagement in education and work has now fallen so that it is close to pre-recession levels; with just 13.5 per cent of the youth population not in education employment or training.
This is welcome news but policy makers should not be complacent. For those that do become NEET many remain so for more than a year, which can have profoundly damaging consequences for their future earnings potential, and increased likelihood of further spells of unemployment.
Moreover, an increasing proportion of those that do manage to move into work are finding themselves underemployed – wanting to work more hours or wanting full time work – in unskilled, low wage jobs with little chance of progression. Government needs to do more for these young people currently living in the UK NEET blackspot areas. Whilst the latest data shows improving national figures, it masks the dire situation facing young people in cities such as Grimsby, Bradford and Wakefield where around a quarter of young people out not in education, employment or training.'

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Notes to editors

1. Lizzie Crowley, head of youth unemployment programmes, and Geraint Johnes, director, are both available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
2. The Work Foundation transforms people’s experience of work and the labour market through high quality applied research that empowers individuals and influences public policies and organisational practices.
3. Data on cities is from the Office for National Statistics’ Annual Population Survey – the data covers the period 2012 to 2013, and three datasets were combined to provide a sufficiently large sample size for the city level. However, as with all small area data estimation there are margins of error associated with the estimates. In particular margins or error are likely to be slightly larger in the following cities dues to smaller sample sizes: Aberdeen, Grimsby, Brighton, Swindon, Peterborough, Wirral & Ellesmere Port, Cambridge, Reading & Bracknell, Bournemouth, Southampton, Worthing, York
4. Boundary data for the cities are built up from Local Authority areas to approximate Travel to Work Areas – TTWA are better than administrative boundaries because these can fail to describe functional economic areas. For example, for the Coventry Travel to Work Area, data was combined from two Local Authorities: Coventry and Nuneaton & Bedworth. The map represents these geographic approximations.

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