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Tories waste a generation on the dole.. again.

THIS is the time of year that young people are preparing to leave school or college and embark on life in the world of work.

But for huge numbers finishing their education this year, all that lies ahead is unemployment.

Incredibly, one in four under-25s are on the dole and, when school leavers join them in a few weeks, the total could hit a million.

The Sunday Mirror today reports from one of the wastelands of youth unemployment.

The Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil is the hardest place in Britain to get a job, with 33 people chasing every vacancy. The chance of any youngster finding work is almost non-existent. But there are many such areas up and down the country.

This isn't just a problem as Britain crawls out of recession. The evidence shows that young people who suffer unemployment find it hard to get work throughout their lives.

And when they do, it is likely to be part-time, temporary, and low-paid. Youth unemployment not only hurts the people involved - it costs society billions in wasted talent and welfare benefits.

Yet this Government doesn't seem to care and certainly hasn't got a clue what to do about it. Schemes to help young people have been axed, education funding for them has been slashed.

After only a year in power today's Tories, like Thatcher's before them, are creating a jobless generation, with appalling consequences for hundreds of thousands of young people - and the nation.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 29, 2011
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