Young people ‘feel they have nothing to live for’

As many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince’s Trust charity claims.

The trust says almost a third of long-term unemployed young people have contemplated taking their own lives.

Urgent action must be taken to prevent the young jobless becoming the young hopeless, it says.

The government commented that it was doing “everything possible” to help young people find work.

Last month, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the UK unemployment rate had fallen to its lowest level since 2009, with the number of people out of work falling by 99,000 to 2.39 million in the three months to October.

Wage incentives

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pension said the government was “doing everything possible” to help young people into work and that there were currently 106,000 fewer young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance than there were in 2010.

“Through the youth contract, we’ve hugely increased the number of work experience placements and apprenticeships to give young people the support they need to find a job,” the spokesman said.

“By offering employers wage incentives worth up to £2,275 we are helping businesses to take them on.

“The work programme has also helped more than 74,000 young people escape long-term unemployment and find lasting work.”

The Prince’s Trust was set up by Prince Charles in 1976 to help disadvantaged young people.

It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

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