Skip to main content

Unemployment: Young People

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment and training in each year since the establishment of the Connexions service. (138163)

The following table gives the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England in each year since the Connexions service was established in 2001 where figures are available.

Proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET)

End of calendar year

Percentage

2001

10

2002

10

2003

10

2004

10

2005 (provisional)

11

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people in London are not in education, employment or training; what steps are being taken to reduce this number; and if he will make a statement. (110609)

I have been asked to reply.

There were 1,076,350 people of working age who were not in employment, education or training in the London Government office region in October to December 2006. The total number of people on out of work benefits in London has fallen by 106,300 since 1997.

Some of these people will have chosen not to be in employment or education. However, for the rest, we have a range of policies on employment and education to provide them with opportunities.

To help us achieve our aim of reaching an 80 per cent. employment rate, we have set ourselves the aspiration of a million fewer people on incapacity benefits in a decade. The Welfare Reform Bill enabling us to achieve this has just passed through Parliament.

We will be rolling out our successful Pathways to Work across the capital in 2008, and will also shortly begin testing our new City Strategy which will focus on those areas where benefit receipt, social exclusion and poverty are most concentrated. Two of the pathfinder areas for the strategy are in London.