Youth unemployment 'crisis must be tackled'

A trade union warned that "effective and immediate action is needed to tackle the youth unemployment crisis". Credit: PA Wire

Effective and immediate action is needed to "tackle the youth unemployment crisis", a trade union warned after George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Almost a million young people are currently looking for work and will have been hoping for much more than the Chancellor offered them today.

“While it’s good news that employers are to be encouraged to provide more apprenticeships and that they won’t have to pay national insurance contributions for some young people in the future, effective and immediate action is needed to tackle the youth unemployment crisis.

“Unfortunately all the government has to offer is new measures to make young people work for free, when what is really needed is a job guarantee."

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