A LOCAL MP has reacted with anger after it was revealed that long-term youth unemployment in his constituency has soared by more than 900% in a year.
And Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes andCentral Fife) has warned that drastic action is needed immediately to halt the staggering rise.
The MP for Cardenden and Kinglassie said this week, “We are in grave danger of having a whole generation out of work and both theUKand the Scottish Governments must act now to stop this worrying situation”.
“These youngsters are supposed to be the workforce of the future, but how are they to find jobs if they cannot get the experience they need now?”
Official figures reveal that the number of people aged between 18 and 24 claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance for 12 months or more leapt from just 15 in April 2011 to 155 last month, a rise of 933%.
That’s by the far the biggest increase in the Kingdom. North East Fife seat saw a rise of 30 to 35 (600%); Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath jumped from 30 to 145 (383%); and Dunfermline & West Fife went up from 35 to 120 (243%).
The overall picture forScotlandshows that the long-term unemployment figure for 18-24 year olds soared from 1510 to 5630, a rise of 4120 or 273%, over the 12 months.
Continued Mr Roy, “My constituency has gone from being one of the best in terms of the number of young people inFifewithout a job for more than a year to the worst and that’s a very unhappy situation.
“Clearly the policies of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition atWestminsterand the SNP administration at Holyrood aren’t working – the figures don’t lie.”
The MP said that Labour’s five-point plan for jobs and growth (a £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund a real jobs guarantee; bringing forward long-term investment projects, reversing the rise in VAT; cutting VAT on home improvements to 5% for a year; and a one year National Insurance tax break for small firms taking on extra workers) was the only realistic way of addressing the problem.
“Drastic action is needed now and the sooner these properly thought-out measures which aimed at putting Britain back on its feet are implemented, the better it will be for or young people.”
Article taken from Central Fife Times – May 24, 2012