The Kids Aren’t Alright

Downturn hits Leeds’s young workers:

RISING numbers of young people in Leeds are feeling the impact of the UK’s economic downturn, a new report revealed today.

Data analysed by the Prince’s Trust shows the number of 18 to 24-year-olds in the city claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has soared by nearly 70 per cent in the last year.

The estimated cost of benefits to claimants in that age group is now more than £330,000 every week.

And the Prince’s Trust fears youth charities in the region could soon find themselves struggling to cope with the amount of young people coming to them for help and advice.

Peter Branson, regional director for the trust in Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “Our region’s most vulnerable youngsters will be permanently damaged by the downturn, unless they receive the support they need.

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  1. Sad news, especially when you look at the fact that the services provided to communities in Leeds through the ‘growth’ of the city have been dismally poor. Lots of nice new buildings, lots of big companies moving in, but the outlying areas of Leeds in my view have had no where near the proportional increase in funding.

    City Centre has been nicely paved and tarted up for its consumers though.

  2. Thanks for your comment.

    You’re right: the outlying areas of Leeds did not benefit in the ‘boom’ years – Leeds City Council acknowledged this (superficially at least) with its ‘Sharing The Success’ initiative. Except for a few improved adventure playgrounds around the city, I never noticed this plan bear much fruit. Do we think failures of Leeds will be divvied up so unequally?

    re “City Centre being paved up and tarted”

    Yes, again that was the ‘theory’ – but, like most LCC endeavours, it has ended in spectacular failure; what we are left with is a city of abandoned building sites, closed down shops, and a multitude of To-Let signs – all of which are hardly conducive to the ‘shopper’s paradise’ Leeds has been trying to fashion for the last decade.

    A good summary of this situation (including a brief quote from yours truely) can be found in the recent Yorkshire Evening Pest.


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