More than 1,500 young adults in the East Riding swell ranks of Universal Credit claimants
More than 1,500 extra young people in the East Riding are claiming Universal Credit than before the coronavirus pandemic, new figures reveal.
The Intergenerational Foundation charity says younger people will be left to pay the bill for protecting older generations for decades to come after suffering a “massive blow” to their income and job prospects.
Department for Work and Pensions statistics show 3,696 people aged 16-24 in the East Riding were on Universal Credit as of August 13.
This was nearly double the 1,940 who were claiming the benefit in early March, before the country went into lockdown, bringing large parts of the economy to a halt.
The figures include people in work and on a low income or those not working because of health or caring commitments, alongside those who are unemployed and searching for a job.
The East Riding’s young people joined the ranks of 89,729 others in the age group across Yorkshire and The Humber who were seeking support in August, up from 50,162 in March.
Ashley Seager, co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation, said: “These statistics demonstrate the intergenerational unfairness in the Government’s approach to covid. Our youngest workers are now starting to suffer.”
Minister for employment Mims Davies said: “We recognise that the pandemic has been difficult for many people who are worried about their incomes and that’s why our £30 billion plan for jobs is aimed at protecting, supporting and creating jobs and it’s welcome news that there is some recovery in vacancies.”