Crisis, what crisis? 109% increase in youth unemployment in Hove

“Half a bee, philosophically, must ipso facto half not be,
when half a bee is not a bee, due to some ancient ….. injury”.

So said Monty Python in Eric The Half a Bee.

One could also say that
“a crisis may said to be, ipso facto, half not be,
when that crisis is described, by a ….. Weatherley”.

Youth unemployment (18 – 24 year olds out of work for six months or more) in Hove has increased from 55 in January 2011 to 115 in September 2011. That is an increase, ipso facto, of 109%. The increase in Brighton Pavilion was 57% and Brighton Kemptown 42%.

Schools Minister and MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Nick Gibb, saw an increase in his constituency of 122%. Nice work, Nick. The highest increase in Sussex was in the Lib Dem held Eastbourne where the increase was 155%.

By most people’s standards this would be regarded as something of a crisis. But Hove MP Mike Weatherley pointed to the rise in apprenticeships as evidence that the Government was making a difference. The Conservative-led Coalition government certainly is making a difference, but not the difference we want to see.

Labour’s view is that spending cuts were threatening to create a “lost generation” whose prospects would be blighted for life, and Labour attacks the Government’s decision to scrap the Future Jobs Fund which created temporary placements for young people to help them compete in the jobs market.

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