Youth unemployment in Sutton falls by 31 per cent

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Youth unemployment in Sutton has fallen by 31 per cent since 2012, according to new figures.

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming jobs seekers' allowance fell from 790 to 545 between November 2012 and November 2013.

The reduction is greater on average than both London and the UK, which recorded drops of 28.7 per cent and 26.4 per cent respectively.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, chair of the housing, economy and business committee, said: “Sutton is leading the way when it comes to tackling youth unemployment, and we are outperforming the averages for London and the rest of the UK.

“We are determined to give our young people the opportunity to develop a career and the partnerships that we’ve formed with local organisations have been integral to the success of our programmes."

Sutton Council said in a statement that the fall could be attributed to initiatives such as the Sutton Economic Support Taskforce - a group of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors which address the impact of the recession on the borough.

The authority also said it had worked closely with the Post-14 Progression and Employability Board, as well as running its own apprenticeship scheme.

Coun McCoy added: “There is no room for complacency, and we will continue to support Sutton’s young people and ensure that they are trained and ready to enter the work place and succeed.”

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8:06pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Moozey says...

Nothing to do with 16 year olds being made to stay in full time education until they are 18 instead if leaving school and signing on thn? So who thnks there will be a rise in unemployment in 2 years time?
Nothing to do with 16 year olds being made to stay in full time education until they are 18 instead if leaving school and signing on thn? So who thnks there will be a rise in unemployment in 2 years time? Moozey
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7:22am Sun 26 Jan 14

AndyLikeGandhi says...

Good point, @Moozey.

I feel that this is another example of the council taking credit for something that has had nothing to do with them. I don't feel that they're doing enough for our local young people; especially those from more deprived areas.
Good point, @Moozey. I feel that this is another example of the council taking credit for something that has had nothing to do with them. I don't feel that they're doing enough for our local young people; especially those from more deprived areas. AndyLikeGandhi
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7:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

LBSresident says...

Moozey hits the nail on the head. This is something that the local authority should be tackling at the source - i.e. whilst the kids are still in school before coming out to lack of opportunities. Mind you, everything is brilliantly run in Sutton Council isn't it, no need to do anything until they can either blame someone else for their failings or take the credit for something they haven't done!
Moozey hits the nail on the head. This is something that the local authority should be tackling at the source - i.e. whilst the kids are still in school before coming out to lack of opportunities. Mind you, everything is brilliantly run in Sutton Council isn't it, no need to do anything until they can either blame someone else for their failings or take the credit for something they haven't done! LBSresident
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6:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

cinderella4eva says...

That is utter rubbish, the reason it's down is because the jobcentre are kicking people off jobseekers for stupid reasons. I was doing voluntary work, so I wasn't sitting home on my bum, but they still stopped my money. So in fact, why not see how many people are actually out of work because I bet the real facts would be much higher
That is utter rubbish, the reason it's down is because the jobcentre are kicking people off jobseekers for stupid reasons. I was doing voluntary work, so I wasn't sitting home on my bum, but they still stopped my money. So in fact, why not see how many people are actually out of work because I bet the real facts would be much higher cinderella4eva
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9:27am Thu 30 Jan 14

Niki R says...

It's election year alright...
It's election year alright... Niki R
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