David Miliband urges action over "forgotten crisis" of Croydon youth jobs

Miliband urges action over Croydon's "forgotten crisis"

Steve Reed and David Miliband talk to pupils at the BRIT School

Steve Reed and David Miliband talk to Croydon Guardian reporter Chris Baynes

Steve Reed and David Miliband talk to pupils at the BRIT School

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Labour MP David Miliband has urged action to tackle the "forgotten crisis" of youth unemployment in Croydon.

The former foreign secretary said the number of out-of-work 16 to 24-year-olds constituted an "emergency" that required urgent measures.

On a visit to Selhurst's BRIT School on Thursday, Mr Miliband said: "Youth unemployment is the forgotten crisis.

"I'm banging my head against the wall trying to get everyone to take notice of this issue, which is one of the most important facing us today."

The South Shields MP also called on Croydon Council to lead from the front by signing up to an increased living wage.

"The public sector needs to set the example on this," he said.

Mr Miliband was in Croydon campaigning alongside Labour's by-election hopeful Steve Reed, who suggested that opening doors for youngsters was also central to tackling crime.

Responding to the concerns of one pupil about muggings, Mr Reed: "The key thing is to provide an alternative to crime. 

"If you provide young people with opportunties to aspire to, they will not turn to crime. We need to do that.

"Young people want to better themselves and have the knowledge to do that, but they often do not have the power."

Mr Milband and Mr Reed met around 20 post-16 pupils on their visit the specialist performing arts school. 

In a half-hour question and answer session, students discussed negative representations of young people the media as well as grilling Mr Miliband about his role in the Iraq war. 

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9:07pm Fri 16 Nov 12

MikeyF says...

He always seems to talk the talk but never walks the walk !

Never known a MP like him ! He needs to wake up and smell the coffee, it's his govement that caused the mess the UK is currently in !
He always seems to talk the talk but never walks the walk ! Never known a MP like him ! He needs to wake up and smell the coffee, it's his govement that caused the mess the UK is currently in ! MikeyF
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9:38pm Fri 16 Nov 12

John_Croydon says...

Am I wrong? I'm sure I remember all political parties stressing the importance they'd place on securing jobs for young people whilst, simultaneously, assuring all pensioners who wanted to earn some extra income, that they'd have every opportunity to do so.

Both things cannot, in times of economic difficulty, be true. Either pensioners carry on working, thereby depriving young people of the chance of going for those jobs (but, at the same time, reducing the pension gap), or young people get first grab at the jobs, but then have to shoulder the burden of supporting the older generation.

Whenever anyone talks in a way which implies they have the solution to this conundrum, without spelling out the costs and compromises involved, I inevitably reach the conclusion that they are being disingenuous at best, naive and ignorant at worst. They all do it... take your pick of who said what on which day - it's all very fluid and opportunistic.
Am I wrong? I'm sure I remember all political parties stressing the importance they'd place on securing jobs for young people whilst, simultaneously, assuring all pensioners who wanted to earn some extra income, that they'd have every opportunity to do so. Both things cannot, in times of economic difficulty, be true. Either pensioners carry on working, thereby depriving young people of the chance of going for those jobs (but, at the same time, reducing the pension gap), or young people get first grab at the jobs, but then have to shoulder the burden of supporting the older generation. Whenever anyone talks in a way which implies they have the solution to this conundrum, without spelling out the costs and compromises involved, I inevitably reach the conclusion that they are being disingenuous at best, naive and ignorant at worst. They all do it... take your pick of who said what on which day - it's all very fluid and opportunistic. John_Croydon
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9:38pm Fri 16 Nov 12

billblake11 says...

Another muddled message from a muddled politician. This mess was caused by the failure of the capitalist system failed. Gordon Brown gave socialism to bankers, at our expense. Laissez-faire free market capitalism no longer exists because all poiliticians has such a vested interest in supporting capitalism and offer a feather bedded safety net to capitalists.
Another muddled message from a muddled politician. This mess was caused by the failure of the capitalist system failed. Gordon Brown gave socialism to bankers, at our expense. Laissez-faire free market capitalism no longer exists because all poiliticians has such a vested interest in supporting capitalism and offer a feather bedded safety net to capitalists. billblake11
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4:48pm Sat 17 Nov 12

ANNE GILES says...

OAPs also need to be allowed to carry on working. Having worked hard all our lives, why should we have to try to survive on a state pension?
OAPs also need to be allowed to carry on working. Having worked hard all our lives, why should we have to try to survive on a state pension? ANNE GILES
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9:08pm Mon 19 Nov 12

christhegoth says...

Actually, from what I've researched Gordon Brown was the only one who wanted to regulate The Banks. No-one would let him.

And The Torys wanted even less banking regulation. Just imagine how bad that would have been.

It was the Bankers that caused 2008. Their incompetence and greed. It's important to remember that, as they fund the Torys now. Well, about half of the Torys.
Actually, from what I've researched Gordon Brown was the only one who wanted to regulate The Banks. No-one would let him. And The Torys wanted even less banking regulation. Just imagine how bad that would have been. It was the Bankers that caused 2008. Their incompetence and greed. It's important to remember that, as they fund the Torys now. Well, about half of the Torys. christhegoth
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9:10pm Mon 19 Nov 12

christhegoth says...

Even now Labour is pushing for the Bankers Bonus Tax to be brought back ( The Torys axed it as soon as they took power ). The money raised would be put into a kitty for youth jobs far bigger than anything the Con-Dems have put forward.
Even now Labour is pushing for the Bankers Bonus Tax to be brought back ( The Torys axed it as soon as they took power ). The money raised would be put into a kitty for youth jobs far bigger than anything the Con-Dems have put forward. christhegoth
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8:23pm Fri 23 Nov 12

billblake11 says...

Con-Dem and New Labour are all the same. Our of touch poshos. Never been unemployed, never had proper jobs.
Con-Dem and New Labour are all the same. Our of touch poshos. Never been unemployed, never had proper jobs. billblake11
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