by awitherick on 9 January, 2012
Among the things launched last year was the Youth Contract, a £1bn programme to get every unemployed young person earning or learning again before long-term damage is done.
As Liberal Democrats we know that as a society we cannot afford to lose the skills and talent of our young people – right when we need them most. We need the next generation to help us build a new economy.
Across the UK, youth unemployment has risen to 21.9% and in St Albans, there are currently 340 young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance. We owe it to them to make sure that even in tough economic times, we will do everything we can to find them a job, training or education.
That is why the Liberal Democrats in Government have committed the Coalition to investing £1bn to tackle youth unemployment. You can read more about the contract here, but it includes:
Young people have been hit particularly hard in the recession, but even in the boom years, Labour failed to tackle the issue. During Labour’s 13 years, youth unemployment rose by 40%. With Liberal Democrats in Government, we won’t allow the children brought up in the boom to bear the brunt of the bust. The next generation must not pay the price for my generation’s mistakes. So the Coalition Government won’t sit on our hands and let a generation fall behind.