Ross Fergusson considers the stark choices that the policy swings of successive governments now present too many 16-17-year-olds
Crime among young people is falling and there is no clear evidence to suggest that poverty is a driver of criminality, argues Ross Fergusson
Dr Ross Fergusson, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the Open University, reviews the government's employment policies in relation to young people. Young people do not chose dole, he argues, they are refused employment. They are amongst the earliest, worst and longest-lasting victims of recessions and collapsing labour markets. Current policies are likely to entrench, rather than address this.