Published: 6th Feb 2015

There are estimated to be 35,000 young Londoners out of work but not claiming benefits London Youth is rethinking the way ‘hidden’ young people are supported into work, as Rosie Ferguson explains Some estimates say we spend £5bn per year on benefits for 16-24 year olds in the UK. That is a serious amount of money. It seems amazing with that amount of money, and the associated employability industry, that there are any young people who are unemployed at all. But there are. And through successive governments, economic cycles and fashions of policy response, there have remained a percentage of those young people for whom the barriers to employment are simply too high for them to overcome. Young people like JG, a young father, struggling with gang victimisation on a south London estate who lost trust in social services when he believed his son would be … (To read the full article, subscribe below)