Taxpayer funded employment schemes "should be for young people", as they need more help and the cost of youth unemployment to the economy is "something like £15bn", the head of the National Youth Agency said.
Chief Executive Fiona Blacke told Good Morning Britain "the economic argument" was stronger for focusing Government resources on combating youth unemployment than it was on supporting over 55s already in work.
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