LONG-TERM youth unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber is up by 29 per cent since the government came to power in May 2010, according to TUC analysis published last week.
The region has witnessed the third largest increase in the country, after the North West and East of England, with over 11,700 extra 16 to24 year-olds out of work for six months or longer.
According to the study, the government will spend £98m less this year on support for jobless young people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in England than was previously provided under the Youth Guarantee.
Yorkshire and the Humber has witnessed the second largest drop in funding – with over £13m cut from budgets.
TUC Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Secretary Bill Adams said: “With such sharp cuts in support for young unemployed people, it’s no surprise that the government is failing to get to grips with this urgent problem. It is deeply concerning that Yorkshire and Humber, which has been so hard hit by youth unemployment, is seeing such a steep drop in financial support for jobless youngsters.
“Long-term youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb under our region’s and the nation’s finances, with severe consequences not just for young people but also for their communities and the country’s wider economic prospects. This crisis simply cannot be tackled on the cheap. These cuts are a false economy – failing to act now will cost us all in the longer-term. Rather than rationing opportunities for young people the government should be making it easier for them to get on.”
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