ACEVO’s Commission for Youth Unemployment has published their report on youth unemployment in Britain, drawing on the results of the consultation they carried out into this issue in 2011.

The report, entitled Youth Unemployment: The crisis we can not afford, explores the extent of the problem of youth unemployment both in terms of its impact on young people and its cost to society. The report highlights the severe impact of youth unemployment on young people in the UK; that being young and unemployed means you are more likely to be unemployed and welfare-dependent later in life; that unemployment has a detrimental effect on physical and mental health; and that unemployed young people are likely to be paid less in later life.

Further, the report makes a number of recommendations that echo those put forward by IARS in our consultation response to the Commission for Youth Unemployment in 2011. For example, the need for wider provision of quality volunteering opportunities and work placements has been made a recommendation by the Commission for Youth Unemployment. So too has the need for intensive support for young people to help them to secure meaningful employment. In addition, the disproportionate impact that youth unemployment has had on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or who do come from families who work as higher professionals was also highlighted.

A copy of the Commission for Youth Unemployment’s report can be downloaded here.

IARS’ submission to the Commission for Youth Unemployment’s consultation can be accessed here.