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Poor Health and no Wealth: The Future for Young People?

2013-02-06 12:10:43

Generations of Scots are at risk of being condemned to poor health and no wealth, as reported by The Herald, with one in five young people now out of work.

Some 210,000 people in Scotland were unemployed last year – an 80% rise on the low point mid 2008.

Almost half of this rise was among those aged under 25 years with 90,000 young Scots without work.   More recent figures do, however, show a slight improvement.

In addition, there is apparently a significant rise in those resorting to part-time work with a rise of 60,000 part-time workers recorded between 2008 and 2012.

Life expectancy remains worrying for those in disadvantage: particularly males.  A boy born in the most deprived 10% of Scotland has a life expectancy of 68 years that is 8 years below the national average and 14 years below boys born in the least deprived areas.

The report was based on research by the “New Policy Institute” and produced by the Joseph Roundtree Foundation (JRF). 

Interestingly, the unemployment, high for young people since 2008 comes at almost the same time as another high.  The FTSE index of share prices also reached a four year high.  Any link?