London: Over 250,000 Young People Live In Homes Without Any Breadwinner: Government Figures: UPDATED

24 Jan

More than 250,000 young people are growing up in a home where no-one has ever worked, according to figures published by the Government.

Fears over unemployment ‘time bomb’ Enlarge photo
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said the figures were a “ticking time bomb” left by Labour and were on top of 600,000 young people who have never worked since leaving education.

The minister unveiled a programme aimed at giving young people extended work experience opportunities, as part of a drive to tackle the “blight” of youth unemployment.

Under the new scheme, young people will be allowed to do work experience for up to eight weeks so they can get a “meaningful” stint in a business environment, gaining work experience, improving their CV and references and providing value to the employer, said the Government.

Under the old system people were allowed to do only two weeks experience before facing a loss of benefits.

Mr Grayling said: “Our new work experience scheme will give young people the chance to get valuable experience in a business for up to two months, which will make a real difference to their confidence, their employability and their prospects. This Government is making the changes that will give young people access to jobs and opportunities that can help them towards a brighter future.

“Today’s figures on children growing up in workless households highlight once again the shocking betrayal of this country’s young people by the last Labour government.

“Billions were squandered on the New Deal and Future Jobs Fund which too often merely put the young in short term, public sector jobs that were unsustainable.

“Their failure to get young people into work will cost us dear in the long run, as the next generation have to shoulder the burden not only of the enormous debt left by Labour, but also lack the confidence to reach their potential. We have a big challenge ahead of us, but tackling youth unemployment is crucial for the future of our country and our labour market.”


The Government has been warned that “savage” cuts in public spending are posing a threat to local communities and hitting the prospects for economic recovery, as a new dossier of job losses was published.

Communities ‘threatened by cuts’ Enlarge photo

Unison detailed around 100,000 posts facing the axe in local authorities, the NHS, police forces, the fire service and education following announcements in the past six weeks alone.

The union said a growing number of workers were being consigned to the dole queue, threatening the services they provided.

Recent announcements included 1,600 at the Heart of England NHS Trust, 1,200 council jobs in Hampshire, 1,000 in Norfolk and 400 in East Sussex, said Unison.

Unison said the careers service had also fallen victim to cuts, with 8,000 jobs set to go by the end of March.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: “This dossier makes very grim reading. Behind every statistic there are families desperate to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and the dignity of a decent job.

“With unemployment up to 2.5 million, the coalition cuts are blighting lives and wrecking the country’s chances of recovery. Sacking workers and closing down essential services will not put the economy back on its feet.

“The latest figures show record levels of unemployment for 16 to 24-year-olds, with one in five unable to find work. Getting the right help can make or break the future of young people desperately trying to find their feet, as well as workers made redundant struggling to retrain.

“Cutting 8,000 jobs from the careers service will add to their difficulty. The hikes in tuition fees, education cuts and record unemployment means that many young people don’t know which way to turn and now they will have one less place to turn to.”

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