Warning of ‘lost generation’: MP

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SHEFFIELD MP Clive Betts claims the Government is creating a ‘lost generation’ of young people due to lack of jobs, scrapping of educational maintenance allowance and trebling of tuition fees.

The Labour MP for Sheffield South East spoke after latest figures show the number of young people not in employment, education or training in Yorkshire and The Humber reached 156,000 at the end of 2011, up from 138,000 at the end of 2010.

Mr Betts said he was also concerned about the decision to axe the Future Jobs Fund, a scheme which paid employers to take on young people.

He said: “Young people in Sheffield are finding it harder to gain employment or training because the Tory-led Government is kicking away their ladders of opportunity.”

But the coalition has said, because tuition fees are paid back in small instalments after graduation, they are not much different from Labour’s idea of a graduate tax.