GOVERNMENT figures have revealed that 1,440 or 11.3% of Thurrock youngsters aged 18-24 year olds are unemployed and claiming benefits.
Youth unemployment in Thurrock has doubled since March and is 2% higher than the national average. Despite such a dramatic increase in recent months, councillors’ have been denied the chance to discuss the matter or ask questions of the Conservative Council Leader because of an obscure procedural loophole.
Cllr Sara Muldowney representing Chadwell–st-Mary for Labour said:
“There can be few issues of more importance than the alarming increases in youth unemployment in this Borough, yet we can’t discuss it!
I’m angry and very disappointed because, rather than openly discuss the problem, the Conservatives have used a council procedural loophole to dodge scrutiny.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of the Labour Group on Thurrock Council added:
“I’ve been told we can’t put our questions because I asked about youth unemployment in July, but the Leader of the Council left the meeting early, before I had the chance to put my questions to him.
“With over one in ten of our young people out of work, this issue isn’t going away. The Tories have some serious questions to answer and they need to stop running away”.