Tuesday 11 August 2020 / 10:30 PM Cat Smith / Youth

Labour calls for more support for young people as new evidence reveals massive salary gaps outside London

Labour is calling for the Government to introduce a Regional Opportunities Guarantee as part of the Kickstarter Scheme, to ensure that no young person is left behind simply because of where they live.

In 2019, young workers in London earned on average 39 per cent more a week than those in Yorkshire, research from Labour reveals. Young workers between the ages of 22-29 from the East Midlands earned on average 29 per cent less per week than those from London. 

These new findings, published today on International Youth Day, come as research by the Social Mobility Commission highlighted that young people in their 20s moving to London earn more than a third more than those who choose to stay at home.

In June, the Prime Minister promised young people an opportunity guarantee for young people. Yet the Chancellor failed to mention this in his summer statement.

Labour is calling on the Government to specifically target the scheme in regions with the highest levels of deprivation to ensure that jobs and traineeships benefit local communities and economies.

Labour is also urging the Government ensure its Kickstarter scheme fully involves the city regions and local authorities of the UK. 

Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Young People, said:

“Even before the pandemic, stark geographical inequalities in economic prosperity prevented many young people living outside of London and the large cities from accessing equal opportunities. 

“The Government’s Kickstarter scheme for young people must not follow the one-size-fits-all approach we have seen in other sectors.

“Where you are born, and your family background, should not determine your life chances. The Government must proactively look at the severe economic disparities in this country and prevent the most disadvantaged young people being pushed to the back of the queue when it comes to post-Covid support.”