The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
New statistics reveal almost 2 million children now live in households where there is no working adult. The figures highlight both the damaging social effects of the recession and the risk of long-term damage being done by rising unemployment.
The data, released by the Office for National Statistics, shows the number of children in workless households rose by 170,000 to 1.9 million in April-June of this year, compared with the same period last year.
The example being set to younger generations is not a positive one: one in six children now live in homes where there is no adult in employment.
According to statistics published by the Department of Children, Schools and Families, one in six young people (18-24) are now classified as “neets” (not in education, employment or training).
We risk not only losing a generation of unemployed adults to the recession, but also risk alienating the next generation of young people who are currently in need of proper support, guidance and opportunity.
The Government must find ways of getting young people and their parents into work. The Future Jobs Fund is starting to take effect, but more needs to be done if the spiral of declining employment is to be reversed.