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People put off London internships

Many feel London is too expensive to live in while doing an internship Credit: PA

Living costs are putting people off applying for work placements and internships in London according to a survey by The Debrett's Foundation, which champions social mobility.

Forty seven per cent of people surveyed said living costs and travel would be enough to stop them from applying for positions that they want.

The survey also found that children and young people from privileged backgrounds often land their 'dream' work placements due to family connections. The Debrett's Foundation claims there are "huge disparities in opportunities" open to young people on opposite ends of the social scale.