Young People Count

This report draws together data available on aspects of the lives of young people.
The introduction below explains it’s scope … and reveals why this information is important:
“Drawn from official figures, such as the Office of National Statistics, and independent research by community and voluntary organisations, it covers the subjects of; health, youth employment, housing, crime, education, participation, and poverty.
The challenges that young people face are numerous, and interlinked, and are not easily addressed in isolation. Yet one thing is clear: young people are at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the population on almost every area. ”
• The overwhelming majority (93%) of youth service employees told us that the local authority they were employed by had cut services since 2010.
• In the period February-April 2016, 27.7% of 16-17 year olds and 11.9% of 18-24 year olds were unemployed, compared with 4.7% of 25-34 year olds, 3.2% of 35-49 year olds, and 3.6% of 50- 64 year olds.
• Each year more than 200,000 young people in the UK start smoking.
• 1 in 3 young people aged 16 to 24 in England were overweight including obese compared with 3 in 5 adults aged 16 and over.
• 7% of young people do not achieve five or more GCSE’s and find their life chances significantly impacted
• 48% of pupils across England went on to higher education.
• 47% of 2015 graduates moved back in with parents.
• The number of 16-24 year olds who are unemployed currently stands at 739,400 or 16.5% of the economically active population.
• Unemployment rates are three times higher for 16-25 year olds when compared with the rest of the UK population.
• 71% of UK businesses surveyed by the Princes Trust admit that jobless young people face stigma from employers, while 69% warn of a culture where unemployed young people and those without a degree are unfairly overlooked in the jobs market
• 16-34 year-olds saw the greatest growth in claims for sickness benefits over the last five years. Over half of that age group are unable to work due to poor mental health. • Young people are more likely to be victims of crime than older people, with 16-24 year olds constituting 25% of victims of crime in 2013
• Young adults make up just over a quarter of the prison population. Half of all those who had offended in a given year will have recently been a victim of personal crime
• One third of young people in custody have a mental health disorder 3 times higher than the general population. Many have a history of abuse or bereavement.
• 25% of young women (aged over 13) experience physical violence and 72% experience emotional abuse in their own relationships.
• In the 2015 General Election, 18 to 21 year olds had turnout rate of around 40%, while those aged 65+ were almost double this.
• There are over 1.5m 16 and 17 year olds in the UK denied the vote.
• 76% of press coverage of young people is negative.
• 30% of young people aged 14-24 living in the UK are living in poverty, approximately 2.7m
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