Let youth show us their worth

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IT is all too easy to tar young people with the same brush, forgetting the worth they have in our society.

After all, we were all young once, and times haven’t changed so much that the younger generation bear little resemblance to the youth in our day.

This newspaper has been proud to celebrate the good work they carry out and their achievements.

So it is little surprise to us that a report by the Prince’s Trust highlights the benefits young, disadvantaged people can have to our economy, too.

The trust’s Enterprise Programme so far has 146 young unemployed people on its books, with plans to support a further 100, to help them into work.

By calculating their earning potential and the impact that will have on Jobseekers’ Allowance claims, the trust estimates the scheme could add up to £275,000 over the next three years.

This at a time when youth unemployment is spiralling with the number of young people looking for work at a 13-year high.

The Prince’s Trust is a well-respected charity that has a solid background in identifying young people who want to help themselves.

It is now calling on businesses and organisations to recognise the value of these young people and give them an opportunity to prove themselves.

These are young people who are bursting to show what talent and skills they have.

By supporting them, we will not only reduce the amount we have to pay in allowances but benefit the local economy.

Common sense prevails on bins

THANK goodness for common sense and a recommendation by Sheffield Council to review the way it is asking us to recycle our waste.

Our letters columns have been dominated by readers writing to complain about the recycling policy of the council, forcing them to use what they believe are the wrong bins for their waste.

Such has been the weight of protest, Sheffield Council will today vote to reverse its decision and implement a new policy.

Soon residents will be able to use the bin that best suits their needs.

For example, from April residents will be able to use their blue wheelie bins to carry out their heavier paper waste and the smaller boxes for bottles.

In this day and age when councils are to set tough targets on recycling, they have to demonstrate a willingness to work with council taxpayers to meet them.

By showing they are willing to be flexible, they should see the benefit in more people recycling more waste.

And that, in turn, will benefit the whole of the city, with smaller landfill tax payments being charged to the council.