Young paying price of cuts

High Peak’s youngsters face tough times ahead according to Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell after figures revealed a rise in youth unemployment.

Labour’s Parliamentary spokesperson for the area has now called on the Government to re-think its plans for young people after it was revealed unemployment in the borough rose by 262 over the last two months, with youth unemployment up by 85.

Caitlin Bisknell said: “Not only has the Tory Government scrapped Labour’s ‘Future Jobs Fund’ that made sure our young people were guaranteed work or training it has also cut several other schemes specifically designed to help young people get on in life.”

She highlighted the scrapping of the Educational Maintenance Allowance which helped young people stay at college and the massive hike in university tuition fees.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham hit back. “Obviously any rise in unemployment is worrying and particularly in youth unemployment, but yet again Caitlin is guilty of regurgitating central Labour Party missives. She trumpets the Future Jobs Fund – a scheme introduced a few months before the General Election that moved young people into temporary placements – yet the early data from the Future Jobs Fund showed that 50 per cent of people who had been on the scheme were back on benefits within seven months after they started.

“The Coalition Government has already announced an increase in the number of apprenticeships to 75,000, a work experience initiative for young people aged between 18 and 21 and 30,000 apprenticeships for people aged between 16-18.

“We are looking at better schemes to tackle youth unemployment which has got worse over the previous 13 years.”