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UCU response to chancellor's autumn statement

29 November 2011

Responding to today's autumn statement, UCU said it would take more than the repackaging of a jobs scheme the government had previously axed to tackle youth unemployment.

Earlier this month the number of young people out of work topped one million, following an eighth successive monthly increase in youth unemployment figures.
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Despite record levels of youth unemployment, all the government has done to today is repackage a scheme that it axed. Young people urgently need better access to education and jobs. If the government is prepared to reconsider its mistakes it should look again at the abolition of student support for college students and the trebling of university fees.'

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