Long term em­ploy­ment prospects for young peo­ple look­ing brighter

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WITH the au­tumn term start­ing at schools, col­leges and univer­si­ties, the long term em­ploy­ment prospects for young peo­ple are look­ing brighter. Ear­lier this year, in July, the Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions re­leased fig­ures which showed youth un­em­ploy­ment fall­ing, with the level be­low what it was be­fore the re­ces­sion.

85% of young peo­ple aged 16 to 24 are in full time study or in work.

Over­all, long term un­em­ploy­ment has fallen too. Mea­sured by the num­ber of peo­ple re­ceiv­ing Job Seeker’s Al­lowance, the num­ber of peo­ple un­em­ployed in Bea­cons­field was 377 in June 2015. That is 144 fewer than in June 2014 and 587 fewer than in June 2010.

At the same time, the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics shows that an­nual real wage growth is now at 3.2 per cent. In the pri­vate sec­tor, pay is up 3.8 per cent. The re­cov­ery of the UK econ­omy is com­ing through to peo­ple’s wages.

I know that some con­stituents have con­cerns that young peo­ple aged 18-21 will no longer have an au­to­matic en­ti­tle­ment to hous­ing ben­e­fit. There are go­ing to be ex­cep­tions made for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and those who are in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. How­ever, young peo­ple re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits should have to go through the same kind of de­ci­sions as young peo­ple who go out to work and who can­not yet af­ford to leave home.

The Sum­mer Bud­get, in July, in­tro­duced a new Youth Obli­ga­tion, so that peo­ple aged 18-21 should ei­ther be ‘earn­ing or learn­ing’.

Re­al­is­ti­cally, peo­ple of this age group do have am­bi­tions and goals and it is a tragic waste of po­ten­tial if some­one goes from school to ben­e­fits, to stay there with­out the chance of get­ting the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to move into the world of work.

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