Thursday 23 February 2017 / 11:51 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to perform worse than their peers in school – Cat Smith

Cat
Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs
, commenting on
the ONS Young NEET figures out today, said:

“While
it is welcome that the latest figures show a decline in the number of young
people not in education, employment or training (NEET), this Tory Government
continues to fail young people.  

“There
are still  826,000 young people who are NEETs. Young people from
disadvantaged backgrounds continue to perform worse than their peers in school.

“Those
who manage to find work are excluded from the national living wage and many are
subjected to exploitative zero-hours contracts.

“Only
Labour will prioritise young people’s needs and address these failings.”