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Youth unemployment tops a million

16 November 2011 | last updated: 11 December 2015

UCU said today that an eighth successive monthly increase in youth unemployment figures had to prompt the government to deliver policies that would help the more than one million young people without work.

The union said current government plans would restrict young people's access to education, training and work as college places are cut, university fees increased and vital financial support axed.
 
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Youth unemployment hits one million at a time when young people's access to education is being restricted. In order to help young people we need to be bringing in policies that encourage them get on, not erecting financial barriers to education.
 
'Aside from the financial cost of consigning hundreds of thousands of people to the dole queue, we risk producing a generation with few prospects and little chance to alter their situation.'

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