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Youth unemployment in the EU: a scarred generation?, 10/04/14 [E/NI/S/W]

The House of Lords European Union Committee has published a report which warns that youth unemployment has left "a generation scarred”.

It calls on the government to adopt the EU's flagship youth unemployment scheme, the Youth Guarantee – which would require the government to ensure that all young people find suitable work, training or further education opportunities within four months of being unemployed. The report urges the government to use EU money for this, rather than putting the funds towards existing domestic measures such as the Youth Contract.

Taking evidence, the Committee heard that the Youth Contract had underperformed and was not popular in the private sector, while the Youth Guarantee had been successful in other European countries. The report highlights five UK regions as having unemployment levels so high (25% or more) that they qualified for additional EU funding - Tees Valley & Durham, West Midlands, South Western Scotland, Inner London, and Merseyside. The Committee is urging the government to use the European funding to run pilot Youth Guarantee schemes in these five areas.

For full details see the UK Parliament website.

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Youth unemployment in the EU: a scarred generation?