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Steep rise in youth unemployment in Lincolnshire

By AlexColman  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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Long-term youth unemployment has risen by 447% in Lincolnshire, according to The Prince's Trust.

A new paper by the charity shows the number of young people claiming jobseeker's allowance for six months or more is four-times worse in the county now, than in 2008.

The study is based on figures from the Office of National Statistics and shows that 1,750 under-24s had been claiming the benefit for six months or more in August this year, compared to 320 in 2008.

The Prince's Trust is a charity that helps 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

In response to the steep rise in long-term joblessness, ambassadors from the charity will take part in a live-streamed Youth Forum.

Ambassadors, Alesha Dixon, Mark Ronson, Brooke Kinsella and Jamal Edwards will be joined by young people who are turning their lives around with the help of the trust, in the live event called Against the Odds.

Against the Odds can be viewed from 2pm today via The Prince's Trust Facebook page.

A Q&A with experts from the charity will also take place on Twitter.

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  • nigelsparky  |  October 18 2012, 8:00PM

    Eatmygoal I do not have insider knowledge, I visit these businesses on a regular basis , at least once a week, and I can assure you that they are all from Eastern European countries. How do I know this? Because they can barely string two words of English together, sounding rather like the Russian prime minister, who's name escapes me, together with their cars parked up bearing Eastern European number plates. I also suspect that these jobs are not advertised at the local job centre if and when they become available, as to date, I have never seen them advertised in the local press, yet "new faces " appear periodically, strangely enough,also from Eastern Europe. I wonder how these "new faces" get to know of these vacancies? Anyway eatmygoal, I do wonder about your idealistic and rather naive approach to matters such as this, or are you like our politicians from all political parties, and choose to bury your head in the sand?

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  • eatmygoal  |  October 18 2012, 5:21PM

    "Not one of the employees at any of these businesses, is from the indigenous population. Every single one of them is from Eastern Europe, 60 jobs!!! and the faces change on a regular basis, again all from Eastern Europe.!!" Whether that is an actual fact or not I am not sure, presumably you have insider knowledge. But I am sure if young people are willing to work hard for a very low wage washing cars the owners would not turn them away, would be interesting to see how many indigenous people applied for the job and were turned away for being indigenous. They could press for discrimination charges. Or are you saying that the young aren't willing to do the work rather than people are coming over here and taking their jobs?

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  • Bicksy  |  October 18 2012, 4:07PM

    Quite nigelsparky, my daughter is still at secondary school and also manages to work some nights and weekends whilst studying for A-levels.

  • eatmygoal  |  October 18 2012, 2:48PM

    Inside Story, you have fallen in for the lump of labour fallacy http://tinyurl.com/ddvakw A sizeable number of economists think the opposite is true, more old people in work means more jobs for the young

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  • nigelsparky  |  October 18 2012, 12:46PM

    The older generation are having to work longer, as the pensions they were all paying into, by and large, are not performing or returning anything like the money they had hoped or indeed been promised they would. Becksy not all youngsters are dossers,as you so eloquently put it, I have numerous friends who's teenage off spring are constantly on the look out for work and that is any work. There are 5 hand car washing businesses in my area, each employing around a dozen people. Not one of the employees at any of these businesses, is from the indigenous population. Every single one of them is from Eastern Europe, 60 jobs!!! and the faces change on a regular basis, again all from Eastern Europe.!! Although this is not the sole reason for the high unemployment figures, I really do think this needs to be addressed, as it will go some way to relieving much of the problem.

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  • Bicksy  |  October 18 2012, 12:19AM

    The planet of real life and hard knocks. Why should I and others pay for kids who see dossing as a profession. Lincs Echo - please provide a link to the paper, let's see what's behind the figures.

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  • Adrian1208  |  October 17 2012, 10:46PM

    I hope Pittacus & his mate have a read of this story, no doubt they will still say they need to get off their a""e & get a job!!! SOME PLANET THEY LIVE ON....

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  • InsideStory  |  October 17 2012, 8:05PM

    when you give old people the rights to stay in work your bound to have the younger generation out of work .

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