Youth unemployment appears to be falling, but there are over 730,000 more young people out of work or underemployed than in 2005, said the Local Government Association report - published ahead of the latest unemployment figures tomorrow.
– Peter Box, chairman of the LGA's Economy and Transport Board
It is simply unacceptable that we expect a third of young people to be underemployed in 2018 and it would be a travesty if young people were being left behind when the rest of the economy is growing and benefiting from this.
We need to listen to the young people that are telling us that they want more work and not let them fly under the radar because of employment statistics that make us think the situation is improving.
...councils know the reality of what is happening on the ground and our relationships with local people and businesses could be used much more than it is at the moment.
The LGA complained of "complicated" national funding rules in England, which it said left young people leaving school or training with skills that did not match local jobs.
Local authorities said the Youth Contract was underperforming and should be devolved to councils, while the government's flagship Work Programme should be commissioned locally.Around two billion hours of young people's time is being unused, it was claimed.