The former prime minister warns that each region and nation must have a voice if we are to solve future health and jobs crises
In a country that promised to do whatever it takes to keep people in work, it is barely believable: by November, 1 million young people in the UK will be unemployed. According to a new youth report from the Alliance for Full Employment, the crisis of 2020 is creating a Covid generation as lost and as neglected as the Youth Training Scheme (YTS) generation of the 1980s.
Now, as then, youth unemployment in cities in the north, Midlands, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in the inner cities will exceed 20%. Young people need local and national government working together to help them through. But the very areas with the greatest needs are the ones that are protesting that the centre listens to them least. For Covid is revealing that our nation suffers another illness: a fatal flaw in the way we’re governed, for which we must now also find a cure.