Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has accused the Tory-led Government of failing Yorkshire and the Humber's next generation as figures out today showed a 21,000 increase in young people not in education, employment or training since the general election.
Figures published by the Department of Education today show there are now 138,000 people aged between 16 and 24 in the Yorkshire and Humber region now classed as 'NEETs' - a rise of 17 per cent.
Michael Dugher MP said:
"The Tory-led Government is failing the next generation. Since the general election there has been an increase of 21,000 16-24 year olds in the Yorkshire and Humber region that are classified as not in education, employment or training.
"By scrapping EMA and the Future Jobs Fund, trebling tuition fees, and getting rid of face-to-face careers guidance, the Government is taking away support for young people just when they most need it.
"This out of touch Government is presiding over a crisis of opportunities for our young people with its failed economic plan, a double-dip recession made in Downing Street and more borrowing. Now it is condemning thousands of our young people to the scrapheap in constituencies like mine in Barnsley and throughout Yorkshire."