The latest unemployment figures show that young people in Redbridge are finding it harder than ever to find jobs. In the Ilford North and Ilford South constituencies alone, almost 1700 young people are without jobs.
More shockingly, the long term youth unemployment claimant count has gone up by 183% in Ilford North and 210% in Ilford South. Not surprising when there are only 650 or so vacancies in these two areas - about 1 job for every 10 people who want to work.
Across London, over 55,000 18-24 year olds are looking for work and the long term claimant count for this age group has risen by 133%. Opportunities for young people in Redbridge to find work seem to be worse than in London overall.
Commenting on the figures, Mandy Richards, Labour's GLA candidate for Redbridge and Havering, said
These figures confirm what young people in Redbridge already know - this government is creating a jobless generation. Young people are paying the price for this government's failure.
The government needs to wake up to the jobs crisis they've created and take urgent action now. They should adopt Labour's five-point plan for jobs immediately, including a tax on bankers' bonuses to fund 100,000 much needed jobs for young people.
The Tory-led government is making life harder for squeezed families trying to do the right thing.
Their reckless austerity plan has backfired and it's clear and it's hurting but not working. And young people are hurting more than most.