Young people aged 16 to 24 who are not in school or working full time may face significant barriers to work
A jobs crisis is about to hit up to a million young people within a few weeks, creating a new « Covid generation » who will struggle to find work, according to alarming new analysis of the likely economic effects of the pandemic
As tensions escalate between Westminster and urban areas, led by Greater Manchester, over attempts to impose new Covid restrictions, Chancellor Rishi Sunak faces growing pressure to bring a more support for young people trying to get to the first rung of the job ladder
A study by one of the UK’s leading labor market experts, Paul Gregg, professor of economic and social policy at the University of Bath, finds that nearly one million vulnerable young people in 16-24 year olds not in education or full-time employment will face significant barriers to work when the leave program ends this month
The warning comes as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has joined the debate, calling for a program to encourage full employment which he described as « a matter of conscience » He said: « It is a fundamental question of respect and love for our neighbor that in our nation, the economy aims, among other things, to serve the cause of fulfilling work for allat ????
The new study, which will be published on Monday, finds that the end of holidays, the scarcity of new positions and the arrival of young people leaving school and college in the labor market will present young people with bleak prospects in the future. unless additional support is offered He warns that the Prime Minister’s « guarantee of opportunity » for young people in an apprenticeship or a work placement is « well below what is necessary »
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who resists calls for his region to be subject to the new Level 3 restrictions on Sunday, will call on Parliament to step in to break the deadlock with the regions by creating a system fair support for people whose employers have to close their businesses as a result of anti-infective measures
Further evidence of the growing tension within the Conservative Party emerged after it was revealed that 20 MPs from the Tory seats in the heart of southern England wrote to Labor leader Kier Starmer and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, asking them to work with the government’s regional policy Starmer called on the government to impose a two-week « circuit breaker » containment
The letter, signed by Norfolk MP Jerome Mayhew, says a nationwide lockdown is the wrong approach He says businesses would close and jobs would be lost in Manchester regardless of a national or regional lockdown He goes on to say that a nationwide lockdown would result in tens of thousands of job losses in conservative southern ridings when most are areas with low infection prevalence. Steve Double, Damian Green, Dan Poulter and Anne-Marie Morris are other Conservatives to sign
The letter drew strong responses from other Tories representing constituencies in the Greater Manchester area William Wragg, MP for Hazel Grove, replied: ‘May I politely ask my colleagues to be concerned from their own constituencies Would not wish for more stringent restrictions on their constituents We are willing to work constructively to improve the situation in Greater Manchester and would ask for little time and space to do soat ????
Christian Wakeford, MP for Bury South, said bluntly: “Interventions by colleagues who do not understand the situation are neither wanted nor helpful.
Bolton MP Chris Green, who resigned as deputy government minister last week, said: ‘I never thought that Norfolk’s affairs should be determined by what might be beneficial for parts of Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire Science matters, but this non-approved communication doesn’t…
Writing in The Observer, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown â ???? one of the first people to call for a leave program at the start of the pandemic says it’s barely believable that a million young people would need urgent help in just two weeks … time He warns against « a Covid generation as desolate and neglected as the YTS [Youth Training Scheme] generation of the 1980s »
Brown adds: “Now, as then, youth unemployment in the North, Midlands, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and in city centers will exceed 20% Young people need that local and national governments work together to help them But the very areas that have the greatest needs are the ones that protest the center listening to them the leastâ ????
Meanwhile, Tory MPs are also calling for help from workers and businesses with Tier 2 restrictions, which are not eligible for support offered to most at-risk areas Local leaders and Boris Johnson remain disagree on the level of financial support for businesses affected by tighter restrictions
Senior Essex Tories, who were placed at Level 2, on Saturday demanded more support A letter to the PM signed by MPs including Sir Bernard Jenkin chairman of the liaison committee, Robert Halfon chairman of the Education Committee, and Eleanor Laing, Vice-President, said: â ???? Businesses in our constituencies are very clear about the negative effects [of] level 2 restrictions, especially in the hospitality sector. Many fear they will have to shut down permanently Can you see the level of financial support in place for businesses subject to these restrictions? This is necessary to avoid permanent economic damage to the local and national economy and it must also apply to other parts of Englandat ????
The letter has the private backing of several ministers Jenkin said: ‘We are facing a much better situation with regard to Covid than we were in the spring We were protecting business back then so why the heck let companies go bankrupt now? The government simply needs to provide the support to end unnecessary layoffs and bankruptcies due to the latest foreclosure restrictionsâ € ”
Britain’s coronavirus death toll rose from 150 to 43,579 on Saturday, with an additional 16,171 positive cases reported
Senior scientists warn that disputes over restrictions come at a critical time Graham Medley, a member of the Government’s Emergency Advisory Panel (Sage) and chair of its sub-committee on modeling, told the observer that the debate on the level of restrictions should have taken place over the summer « The danger is that this is happening now, when we are at most two weeks away from the hospitals in the northwest in the same condition they were at the beginning of April, » ?? he said – It seems a bit close, because these issues need to be resolved very quicklyâ ????
Burnham to ask parliament on Sunday to agree on three-point plan that includes ‘fair leave’ 80% of wages for those whose businesses are forced to close under level 3 restrictions He will also require that 80% of the income of self-employed workers such as taxi drivers and security guards be guaranteed His third request will be for a Greatly Improved Business Support Program – As is the case now, wintering at Level 3 for low-wage workers will be unimaginable, â € “ Burnham said
A spokesperson for the mayor said that if Johnson imposed Level 3 restrictions on the area, Burnham would encourage people to obey the new regulations but make it clear that he did not agree with them and thought they were unfair Downing Street on Saturday said it was open to further discussions with Burnham, but the mayor’s office said none had been arranged, though he was ready if an offer and deadline were made
A Treasury spokesperson acknowledged that young people would be particularly affected by the crisis, adding: ‘We have helped hundreds of thousands of young people find good jobs through the £ 2 billion Kickstart scheme , invested in increasing the number of apprentices, internships and work coaches, and continues to help unemployed people of all ages return to work through our targeted job entry support program multi-million pounds Our goal from the start has been to help those in need and analysis shows that the youngest and poorest have benefited the most from our early economic interventions This support will continue as we seek to revitalize the economy, rebuild better and create, protect and sustain jobsâ ?? ??
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