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Youth Unemployment at “Crisis” Levels.

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Youth jobless now at ‘crisis’ levels

Britain is undergoing a youth unemployment “crisis”, leaving a generation of young people facing a bleak future, a new study warns. Even cities with low numbers of jobless youths have an unemployment rate that is a third higher than Germany’s national average.

Reports the Independent today.

So much for British economic ‘success’.

The Government’s attempts to tackle the UK’s youth unemployment “crisis” has failed, leaving a generation of young people facing a bleak future, a new report has warned.

A study by the Work Foundation found that despite the economic recovery, unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds was over 25% in many cities.

The average is almost one in five across the country, but the problem is so “endemic” that even those cities with the lowest rates of around 13% are still a third higher than the national average in Germany (8.6%) and well above cities such as Hamburg (5%), said the research group.

A number of youth unemployment “blackspots” were identified with jobless rates above 25%, including Glasgow, Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Grimsby, Coventry, Bradford and Hull.

In other cities, the youth unemployment rate was 13% or lower, including Aberdeen, Southampton, York, Reading and Cambridge.

The Work Foundation said youngsters leaving school with only GCSEs were more than twice as likely to be unemployed as those with better qualifications.

The report called for action to improve apprenticeships, more work experience placements and batter careers advice.

Lizzie Crowley of the Work Foundation said: “The UK’s youth unemployment crisis continues to affect almost a million young people, even in the recovery.

“It is shocking that in some cities almost a third of young people are looking for work but are unable to find it.

“Urgent action is needed to ensure young people get the right support to either continue in school, further training or with getting a job.

“Central government’s top-down attempts to tackle the crisis have failed. Local government must now be tasked with setting up youth transition partnerships to bring together schools, colleges, third sector organisations and local businesses to develop tailored policy responses suitable for each city.”

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “Supporting young people to get their foot in the door and have the skills they need for the future as the economy grows is a key part of our long-term economic plan.

“Already, the number of young people in jobs is going up, youth unemployment is dropping and the number of young jobseekers on benefits has been falling for the last 21 months. Our schemes have already offered around 200,000 opportunities to young people to try their hand in different industries, but there is always more to do. That’s why we’ve offered a further 100,000 placements to any young person who wants one.

SV News.

Now I imagine that many people reading this Blog are, how can I put it, a bit older than this.

But try to put yourself in the position of somebody just entering the world of work.

What do they get?

Some cack from the DWP and the “schemes” we all know all too well.

Some will no look forward to a life on the Community Work Programme. 

Seeing the large numbers of young people around the Job Centre and elsewhere you can’t help thinking that this must account for a lot.


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  1. Steve ‘[expletive deleted]’ Webb stated in the Commons that the DWP’s figure that 60% of JSA sanction appeals at Tribunal were successful had been found to be incorrect; there had been a ‘coding error’. He then went on to say that the correct figure was in actual fact 17%. But according to the skywallker1964 blog 87% of sanction appeals at Tribunal are successful. So which, if any, is the correct figure?


    April 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    • QT

      Yes, the Skwawkbox comment did indeed say 87%, based on recent research from the University of Glasgow.

      Politicians are always economical with the truth! Bear in mind though, that the majority of benefit claimants unfortunately abandon their appeal cases out of despair before the tribunal stage is reached, but of those who persist and don’t give up, 87% of these cases are successful.

      Never give up!!


      April 10, 2014 at 6:55 am

  2. Amazingly, Glasgow City Council denies Glasgow is youth unemployment blackspot:



    April 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    • And in today’s news.. School leaving age to be raised to 18. Why not increase it to 65 to eliminate all unemployment? Beggars belief.

      It does not matter how many qualifications you posess these days, but more to do with whether you have contacts in industry who may be able to help you get a foothold on the employment ladder.

      The government blame people for leaving school without GCSEs for their plight yet there are thousands of degree graduates signing on.

      The reality of the situation is that there are more people looking than ‘situations vacant’. The Government think that placing everybody onto voluntary/MWA will solve the problem.


      April 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      • School leaving age to be raised to 18.

        There’ll be some kids in school who’ll have kids of there own, or even married.
        Perhaps they should raise the leaving age just up to the age were you can claim benefits, 35. init.

        Another Fine Mess

        April 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  3. Security firm G4S cleared for government contract bids…even though it’s still being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office over charging too much for electronic tagging.

    Seems that no matter how badly outsourcing companies fuck up it doesn’t take long before they’re back on the government gravy train.



    April 10, 2014 at 1:17 am

    • I think that G4S and Serco will now be launching bids to get the WCA contract that ATOS have walked away from. The DWP have been parading the WCA contract around since last September, and have not had, to date, one bid for it. G4S and Serco clearly don’t care about their reputations, so won’t care if what happened to the ATOS brand, happens to them.

      Since both of them seem to be able to wind the government around their little fingers, I’d guess that they will make a lot more money from the WCA contract than ATOS did.


      April 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm



    April 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

  5. Leaving age 18? that will work well for kids who aren’t academic! Will they prosecute some frail little mother because she cannot force her hulking great 18 year old to attend school?

    To be honest allthough I loved my work and am desperate to get a job to get away from the jobcentre and the workfare I would be happier if I could retire at the age I was told I could and a youngster could have a job instead.

    Carol Joyce

    April 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

    • There are millions of potholes and miles of rusty park railings around. Why can’t the government invest in the uk instead of squandering millions on stupid Work Programmes that don’t work? Train those who are fit to do the work, Pay the minimum wage and give unemployed people some pride. The taxpayer wouldn’t mind so much topping up wages with housing benefits for people who are out filling potholes and making their ride home from work a comfortable one. Those who won’t work, well the answer is simple. Give them nothing.

      I would sooner be out earning some of my own money without the stigma of being out of work than have to face being kicked from pillar to post by the job centre every few months.

      Being unemployed and unable to see a way out of poverty not only affects your self confidence but also your mental health. There is no hope of a better future with the present shower in office.


      April 10, 2014 at 10:42 am

      • Those who won’t work, well the answer is simple. Give them nothing.

        We’ve just seen 1500 people queing for 40 part-time Aldi jobs, so don’t be so daft. The problem isn’t that some people don’t want to work

        Another Fine Mess

        April 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      • Paul, what planet are u from? 3million people chasing 500,000 advertised jobs – probably not even that with the fakes.

        You should apply to work as IDS sex puppet.


        April 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      • Piss of Paul. You are a closet Nazi Daily Heil. And by the way road-workers that lay tarmac, fill your fucking pot-holes are on a lot more than minimum wage – and why shouldn’t they be? Your faux concern and pretence to want to help others better themselves masks an obsession with punishment and humiliation. Why only minimum wage Paul. Yes, you want chain-gangs of the unemployed out fixing your pot-holes for minimum wage. Well fuck off! C!”£!


        April 11, 2014 at 12:50 am

      • Serioulsly Paul – Fuck of with your mealy-mouthed words you piece of fucking shit!


        April 11, 2014 at 12:52 am

      • Oh, and btw the way Paul you Nazi c!”£ filling in potholes is a very skilled job. If if is not done correctly it could lead to a very serious accident. It is not something you FORCE the unemployed to do (for minimum wage). Pissing in your soup is one thing but do you really want injured or KILLED on your ride home. You are such a STUPID C!”£ Paul!


        April 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

      • Paul-

        There are people now who would advocate you being given nothing, whether you are genuinely looking for work or not. As if a bunch of shite, manufactured minimum wage jobs are going to solve anything, it’s scarcely any better than workfare, the country needs jobs paying a proper fucking living wage.

        Your attitude just shows that the divide and rule tactics and the government propaganda are working very well. You say the ‘taxpayer’ wouldn’t mind topping up the wages of those filling potholes- they bloody should mind, not because of the workers but because they’re forced to subsidise shit wages that employers should be paying and forced to effectively pay rent to greedy landlords. And your answer more of the same?


        April 11, 2014 at 2:44 am

      • Paul, im starting to be concerned as to the nature of your ill health/disability as todate you demonstrated a clear misunderstanding of tax and the crown, made assertions about a sector of fraud that is infinitely smaller than others and now propose rather linear in thought I feel what would benefit others in aiding them back into employment.

        Forbes ran a survey globally regarding work contentment and found 87% of the world wide workforce were unhappy in their current position of work.
        I say this as, as constructive as fixing potholes and rusty railings might be, its not going to produce the workforce you aspire to believe it will.

        If we (by we I mean the public, including the unemployed/ill health and disabled ) want to move forward in a positive way in these dark times then we must do so in a sure and steady manner.

        Its wholly counterintuitive to force people to do things they know within themselves they wouldn’t do if circumstances were different. If our government can raise the debt for the long term aim of bettering our financial position (HS2) then it seems only logical that such a like minded investment would be wisely spent investing in our unemployed (meaning long term, not short term solutions that aren’t solutions).

        In addition and by all means not the end of the dilemma it hardly helps when the unskilled/semi skilled cant get the work they usually do on account of a graduate already filling the spot who they themselves also cant get into their respective chosen and trained profession.

        As some have suggested, the fault could well lie on the doorstep of employers and heres a link to but one such article highlighting the very thought.


        Make of this what you will Paul but no matter how well intentioned you may be, short sightedness figuratively speaking is never a flattering trait and often wholly unproductive when the rest of the system stifles potential growth of opportunity their after.


        April 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

  6. Disturbing fact-based thriller which explores the extreme things people will do under the control of an authority figure. With scenes of humiliation and coercion that may offend.

    Tonight (10 April) 23:20-01:05 Film Four (Freeview Channel 15)
    00:20-02:05 Film Four +1 (Freeview Channel 45)


    Fim Four

    April 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

    • Is this set in a jobcentre…?

      Jobcentre Victim

      April 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

  7. List of 70 DWP staff who have full surveillance access to Universal Jobmatch accounts.

    With and without user permission.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    • This could be a source for many of the bullshit sanctions handed out.

      How many times does someone with super access just log in, leave their machine logged in as other DWP/JCP+ staff use the desk and see that it’s logged in to accounts that give no access?

      Everywhere we turn we find we have been put into a corner.


      April 12, 2014 at 11:43 am

      • Not very often you have to use your own personal id key card to enable the machine. All actions are then logged against your card . Also if spotted the supervisor should take your card and then when you have to ask for it back give you a chewing out.

        Oh and there was such things as random security check on the systems for record access that would pop up were you had to fill it in why you were accessing that record.

        Certain records are flagged to all ways give an alert.

        Or at least that is how it used to be in DWP Pensions section


        April 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  8. Pretty sure the answer to this will be no “That’s what JSA is for”, but if one has an interview which involves travelling to a company head office, is there any help available to cover travel costs?

    Said interview is in London, for a working person the £40 fare would be a small drop in the ocean, on JSA it accounts to nearly 2 weeks food or heating/light.

    The job listing did state that training and interview would be held there. The job will be local.


    April 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

    • Apparently, the tender round is still in progress. You’d think by now it would be up and running. At the rate some of the big charities have been distancing themselves from this morally repugnant scheme though, I think the providers, i.e. Seetec etc., are begining to realise that maybe this isn’t going to be the money-spinner they thought it was going to be.

      Oh dear, Bummer!

      jj joop

      April 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

  9. Attention all hackers, this may interest you – as most JCP’s are still using Windows XP.

    How can I use Windows XP safely now it’s no longer supported?

    Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating system this week.

    My bet is that the vast majority of the Windows XP users reading this did not update their computers/operating systems by 8 April.

    Microsoft has shipped its final update for Windows XP, which means all the new security holes will not be patched.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

    • The UK Government has paid Microsoft £5.5 million to extend XP support for the public sector to April 2015:



      April 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

      • Mint, when I can get it to work ‘Live’.

        Another Fine Mess

        April 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      • Windows XP – An outdated system for an outdated government doing things on the cheap – say’s it all!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        April 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      • So the DWP under direction from IDS has wasted another £5.5 Million of taxpayers money on requesting Microsoft to continue with updates for an outdated system – fucking priceless!

        It would have been cheaper just to start using Windows 7 or 8 – everyone on the planet knew that Windows XP updates were about to shut down – everyone that is except the present/useless coalition government.

        The word ‘Dumbass’ comes to mind!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        April 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      • Here’s the problem, updating to a newer version of the Windows platform is strewn with problems.

        For example some Microsoft office suites may or may not work with each other unless a compatibility update is installed, also a lot of saved files may not function or even open if the latest software (from shall we say: Flash Player, Micromedia Player, Adobe Reader 11, Windows media player 10 or 11 and so on)

        The main problem is that the internet and file size has moved with the times and new Microsoft Platforms, but the incompitent DWP/Jobcentres thought that Windows XP would be updated forever.

        DWP/IDS you must be living on anther planet to the rest of us, Microsoft are in the computer business to make money (and quite right too, just like anyother business)

        DWP did you really think that baseing your entire welfare programme on a single Windows platform and expecting that platform to continue with the updates forever and ever would be a no brainer? – then you are incredibley naive, more so than you’re boss IDS – What a bunch of fucking idiot’s!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        April 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    • XP was Brian Jones long before April 8. Have any of you guys ever thought about using a Linux OS. I’ve been using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for nearly two years, and I haven’t looked back.You can download the ISO for free, no hidden charges. You can install it on as many PCs as you like; no licencing restrictions either. It even comes with an Office suite, Libre, thrown in as well – does everything MS Office can do. Looking back, I can’t believe I wasted so much time and money using and installing proprietory software, i.e. Microsoft et al.

      Open Source rocks!!!

      jj joop

      April 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      • If you can’t get on with Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, you can try Linux Mint or Zorin. Both of which have Windows XP / 7 style desktops.

        jj joop

        April 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  10. Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

  11. Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill
    PIP should be a national scandal: Iain Duncan Smith’s new system already has a huge backlog and people are dying waiting.

    Polly Toynbee
    The Guardian, Friday 11 April 2014

    “The PIP catastrophe is just the most extreme of Duncan Smith’s disasters. Nothing – not one of his programmes – has worked as planned. It hardly matters that universal credit (UC) is years late, but last month the PAC demonstrated UC will never do what Duncan Smith claims, its work incentives shot to pieces. With council tax, housing benefit cuts and national insurance, many on UC will lose almost all of every extra pound earned, while most lose 65p or more. The very rich down tools over a loss of 50p in the pound. At first, it might have been ignorance, but now IDS knows his claims for UC are untrue.”


    Andrew Coates

    April 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

  12. Virgin Media now involved in Workfare.

    From The Void:

    Virgin Media are the latest company to sacrifice their public image to benefit from unpaid workers on Government schemes.



    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm

  13. Tobanem :
    Amazingly, Glasgow City Council denies Glasgow is youth unemployment blackspot:

    They would much rather focus on giving a more positive picture then actually exists.locally the council were promising “a job for every household” which never materialised.its much easier to plant a hanging basket then create a job and pretend all is fine and the place to be.


    April 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm


    “The cap isn’t really a cap and it means when it’s reached (the cap) the government has to come back to parliament and explain why it’s going to breach the limit they set themselves which is always a good thing.

    “The truth is we are not capping anybody’s welfare. What we are doing is making sure that if the government spends too much they come back sand explain themselves. Any sane person would think that’s a good idea.”

    Any sane reader on here agree?



    April 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

  15. is the madhouse formally out of session or is Cameron taking holidays in public time? if so dock him two weeks wages!


    April 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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