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Young People: Unemployment

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 24 year olds in Gravesham are not in employment, education or training. (149995)

We estimate from data provided by the Connexions Service that 2,970 16-18 year olds were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the Kent local authority area at the end of 2006. This information cannot be broken down for the Gravesham area. Equivalent information is not available for 19-24 year olds.

Data provided by Connexions services are used to set and monitor local authority NEET targets. However, it should be noted that figures are necessarily calculated on a different basis from that used in the Department’s estimate for the national target; the national figure is a proportion of all young people whereas the local figures cover only those known to the Connexions Service.