poorest youngsters will be hardest hit by the recession as
unemployment spikes and local youth services suffer cuts,
a report has warned.
The number of under-25s claiming Jobseekers Allowance has
risen 80% to more than 450,000 in the past year.
This costs the UK more than £23 million a week in
In some parts of Britain - such as Merthyr Tydfil, in South
Wales, and Wansbeck, in Northumberland - one-in-six young
people are claiming Jobseekers Allowance.
Youth charities may struggle to cope with the spiralling
demand in deprived areas according to the report published
by The Prince's Trust and the Cass Business School.
Martina Milburn, chief executive for The Prince's Trust,
said: "Britain's most vulnerable youngsters will be
permanently damaged by the downturn, unless they receive
the support they need. We need to help young people into
jobs - only with their ideas and creativity will we be able
to pull ourselves out of the recession."
The report's findings show youth charities have difficulty
attracting major public funding despite their "immeasurable
value", with animal welfare charities receiving five
times more donations.
Meanwhile, another report showed that almost half of firms
are not planning to recruit school-leavers or graduates
in the coming months as the recession continues to have
a grim effect on job prospects.
Young people are facing a "long, hot summer"
looking for work because of the tough outlook for jobs,
said the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
A survey of 500 companies showed that only one in five
planned to take on 16-year-olds leaving school in the next