Scrap Failing Jobcentre Plus to save long-term unemployed youngsters, says the LGA

29th October 2014

New analysis conducted by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Inclusion reveals the number of 16 to 24-year-old’s out of work for more than two years has quadrupled in the past decade. Around 90,000 of the nation’s youngsters have been jobless for two years or more,  up from 21,000 in 2005.

Positive employment figures hide the difficultuies faced by these vulnerable young people; in their report released today (29/10/2014), the LGA argues that  they are hampered by the current failing national system designed to help them – including at least 10 Westminster silos funding 40 schemes and spanning 14 age ranges.

The report also shows that many more young people are hidden in underemployment – working part-time hours or over-qualified for their current job – with 40 per cent of young people underemployed by a total of 2 billion hours of work a year.

Based on their analysis, the LGA is warns that a third of young people – around 2.1 million – will be unemployed or underemployed by 2018 unless something changes.

They argue that councils and their local partners – not central government –are best-placed to tackle this growing crisis. The LGA said local authorities are aiming to cut long-term unemployment by a third before the end of the next Parliament if nationally-run education, skills and employment schemes are devolved down to local areas.

For the full report, and further information about the LGA recommendations to Government