The latest data release on the labour market from the Office of National Statistics showed that there were 926,000 young people under the age of 25 who were unemployed, giving an unemployment rate of 19.6%.
And we know that the number of applications for university are up by more than 100,000, or by 23%, this year, and that this new government has halved the number of places available. There are only 10,000 extra: the dole beckons.
But the latest news is worse. Job schemes for the young have taken the first big hit in George Osborne‘s deficit reduction cuts. This is dogma over common sense. These are the last thing that a government should cut in the depths of a recession. The young are among the most vulnerable to a recession – unemployment while you are young scars you later.
So this government is going to cut the Future Jobs Fund, an extension of the Young Person’s Guarantee to 2011-12 and the two year Jobseekers’ guarantee – all programmes to help guarantee work or training for longer-term unemployed people in the recession: saving £995m.
So youth unemployment is going to rise probably by at least a quarter of a million by this time next year.
It is quite clear the vulnerable are going to pay for this government’s incompetence. Nick Clegg and his lot have sold their souls for power, and this is not what they stood for at the election.
If the young are first, I fully expect the disabled, the old and the weak to be the next target.
And there is no evidence that any of this will improve economic performance.
These are your kids and grandkids. Stand up and say no.
This cannot be allowed to happen. Our young people are the people who will be responsible for our care in our old age just as we are responsible for the care of our elderly and loved ones. Those people risked their lives against Nazi Germany in defence of freedom of speech, religion and expression are now in our hands. What can we tell this generation of school leavers about our contribution to this country? We will have to tell them we let the Conservative party ruin this country again and again with their cuts and it took over a decade to undo a mere fraction of the damage then the reins have just been handed back to them again (by the Liberal Democrats). It seems that they were more than ready to pick up where they left off in 1997.
And he urged voters to judge it not on the immediate pain it would cause to everyone but on the long-term benefits.
George Osbourne has urged that these cuts should not be judged on the short term pain and will affect everyone though funnily enough the cuts so far have affected the worst-off in this country. They have shown no intention of promoting a balanced science curriculum in schools but have cut funding for schemes that assist children with learning difficulties. They have embarked on a plan to sell schools off as Independent Academies and allow them to abandon the National Curriculum in favour of following their own syllabus and ethos outside the control of local authorities rather than to continue investment in the education of our future carers. Failure to ensure a proper scientific education program is to deprive these children of the skills they will need to think critically and will have a serious detrimental affect ion the rest of their lives. They will not learn how to disseminate the mis-information and non-promises they are fed by certain politicians and branches of the media. They will learn how believe what they are told by those who appoint themselves our masters. The long term benefits will only be to the Conservative Party; a society so socially and scientifically blinkered that the new 55% opposition majority won’t be needed to ensure their position over our lives.
Mr Osborne is tipped to raise VAT from 17.5% in the Budget.
We will suffer losses of skills along with jobs. When people are not paying income tax the recovery will be harder to maintain and further jobs will vanish. All benefits will be frozen. I call on the Queen to act on her one remaining power and dissolve Parliament before it is too late. The changes made so far are undemocratic and have been devised to put the working-classes back where the Conservatives think they should be: at the mercy of those with money and no chance to improve their own standard of living.
- Dole queue beckons for Britain’s young | David Blanchflower | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.