Jobless young figure up 30%

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YOUTH unemployment in a Fylde coast constituency has gone up by nearly 30% per cent since the coalition came to power two years ago, a study says.

A survey conducted by the North West Trade Union Congress revealed the amount of youngsters out of work in Blackpool North and Cleveleys had rocketed.

Research by the group revealed in May 2010 there were 515 claimants for Job Seekers Allowance under the age of 25 in the constituency.

But after two years of a Conservative and Liberal Democrat Government, that number has gone up to 665, the TUC says.

Alan Manning, NW TUC Regional Secretary, said: “The official figures are bad enough, but the true picture is even worse.

“Hundreds of young people in Blackpool are being starved of opportunities for work, education or training as a result of the Coalition’s cuts – they are now becoming a lost generation.

“What young people need are policies that will create jobs, decent apprenticeships, and decent training, not more of the same failed austerity policies that have brought us to recession.”

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, shadow minister for apprenticeships and skills, added: “It’s the Government’s failure to have a proper jobs programme across Blackpool and the North West, or put enough resources into giving young people under 24 the apprenticeships, that’s depriving both them and our economy of a kickstart they need.

“If the Government reduces VAT on tourism and repairs re-models that, it could create hundreds of job opportunities in Blackpool and across the area in construction and the service section.”

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, says an 8.7 per cent increase in the amount of 18-to 24-year-olds living in the area has added to the amount of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

He said: “The figures provided by the TUC are misleading and do not represent an accurate picture of youth unemployment trends in Blackpool North and Cleveleys over recent years.

“Getting more young people into work has been a challenge for successive governments and did not suddenly become a new problem in May 2010, as the TUC suggest.”