July 4, 2022

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GORDON BROWN SAYS GOVERNMENT IS BETRAYING A GENERATION OF UNEMPLOYED

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is urging the Chancellor to extend job support schemes in his Budget this week or risk “betraying a generation of unemployed”.

A report by the Alliance For Full Employment (AFFE), set up by Mr Brown, estimates there are at least 1,000 under-25s in every constituency in Britain now classed as long-term unemployed – without a job for at least six months.

Mr Brown said the research showed that only three in every 1,000 long-term unemployed under-25s have received help from the Government’s job opportunity Kickstart scheme.

Mr Brown also urged Rishi Sunak to bring forward the start date of Restart, the Government’s adult unemployment scheme.

“Government complacency is betraying a generation of unemployed,” he said.