Joanne McCartney AM calls for action to address ‘spiralling’ youth-unemployment

Local Assembly member Joanne McCartney is ‘deeply concerned’ by rising youth unemployment in Haringey. Figures released this week revealed the number of 18-24 year olds looking for work in the borough has jumped by 10 per cent in the last year.

The figures also show that in Haringey:

  • 2,070 young people are out of work
  • 485 have been out of work for more than six months, a 155 per cent increase since last year
  • The number of young people seeking work for more than a year is up by 50 per cent since last year

Local London Assembly member, Joanne McCartney said:”These figures are a shocking indictment of this government and mayor’s economic policies. It is time they both adopted a plan for growth and jobs.

“In Enfield it is tragic that there are now 2,070 young people seeking work, but there are simply not the jobs out there. A lost generation of people with no experience of work is being created. Instead of cutting too far and too fast the mayor and government should be doing everything it can to boost jobs and growth.

Joanne continued

“We all accept that the deficit has got to be reduced, but the mayor’s policies are making things worse, it’s time they adopted a plan for growth and jobs. Their current approach is making it harder to pay off the deficit and risks losing an entire generation.”