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Young People: Suffolk

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 18- year-olds there were resident in Suffolk in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what proportion of these were (a) in full-time work and (b) not in education, employment or training in each such year. (256957)

The Department publishes annual estimates of the number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England. These estimates cannot be disaggregated to local authority level.

However, we can use information collected by the Connexions Service to estimate the number and proportion of young people NEET at local authority level. The following table gives estimates of the number of 16 to 18-year-olds resident in Suffolk and the proportion who were in full-time employment and not in education, employment or training at the end of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Number of young people aged 16-18

Proportion of young people aged 16-18 in full time employment (percentage)

Proportion of young people aged 16-18 NEET (percentage)

2005

21,112

17.5

8.6

2006

21,206

18.7

8.4

2007

20,928

19.6

7.2