the void

The Prince’s Trust released a report over Christmas about the impact of youth unemployment which revealed that a third of young unemployed people have had suicidal thoughts.

The charity’s report makes grim reading with almost one in five long term unemployed young people reporting that they feel they have nothing to live for.   The results of this survey paint a picture a world away from the usual stereotype of the young unemployed and reveal a generation growing up without hope.

The tragedy is that young unemployed people have historically been one of the UK’s greatest cultural assets.  Enduring institutions such as Glastonbury Festival, or even The Beatles, would never have emerged without young unemployed people.  Now they are smeared as scroungers, accused of being lazy or workshy, despite the lack of jobs.  A social security system that at least allowed young people to study, genuinely volunteer or develop their creativity…

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