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Full report: Pupils "expect" life on benefits

More than one in six young people living in the North East expect to end up on benefits. The research, published by The Prince's Trust, also found 40 per cent of young people here did not achieve five GCSEs graded A star to C last year.

With this year's results just days away, the youth charity is calling for more vocational support for school leavers who may be struggling.

Claire Montgomery reports.


Prince's Trust: Govt need to do more for failing children

Thousands of young people's ambitions are crushed by exam results each year.Many of these young people have faced problems at home or bullying at school, so their exam results don't reflect their true potential.

It is now more important than ever to invest in vocational support and training for young people who are not academically successful.

Government, employers and charities must work together to get them into jobs. Without this, thousands will struggle to compete, leaving them hopeless and jobless.


One in six North East teenagers "expects to end up on benefits"

One in six young people in the North East expects to end up living on benefits, according to a new report by the Prince's Trust - a charity that works with disadvantaged young people.

The research is based on interviews with 2,342 people aged 16-25.

  • 1 in 10 believes their exam results will "always hold them back"
  • 1 in 5 admits they will always feel inferior to those who did better at school
  • Nationally, 1 in 3 school leavers with poor results expects to end up on benefits


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North of England to be pilot for new disability benefit

The North East is part of a pilot for a change to the disability benefit. New claimants will receive Personal Independence Payment instead of the current Disability Living Allowance.

The government says the old system is "outdated", but some say the change will cause unnecessary worrying for those who rely on the benefit.

Around The House: 11.50pm tonight

Helen Ford with Around the House Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Join Helen Ford and guests for our political show Around The House.

A panel including North Yorkshire's Anne McIntosh and Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman will analyse this week's Budget. They'll be joined by the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

We'll also ask how the Government's welfare reforms could affect voters in the North East and North Yorkshire.

Around The House: Disability payments to be piloted in the North East

Starting next month, the Disability Living Allowance will be phased out, to be replaced by Personal Independence Payments.

People with disabilities living in parts of the North East will be among the first to be switched to the new benefit.

The Government says it will target people who are most in need; opponents say it will penalise the vulnerable.

On tonight's Around The House, Helen Ford is joined by Newcastle MP Catherine McKinnell and Skipton & Ripon MP Julian Smith to discuss welfare reform.

Derek Proud reports on the changes to disability payments:

You can see the full debate - and reaction to the Budget - on Around The House with Helen Ford tonight at 11.50pm on ITV

Budget reaction on tonight's Around The House

So, was this week's Budget downbeat or aspirational? Helen Ford is joined by MPs Helen Goodman, Anne McIntosh and Tim Farron to examine the state of the nation's finances, and the likely effect of the Chancellor's measures on us all.

You can see the full debate on the Budget - as well as analysis of welfare reforms that are about to be piloted in the North East - on Around The House with Helen Ford, tonight at 11.50pm on ITV.

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