Teenage dropouts on the rise in Sunderland

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THE number of teenage dropouts in Sunderland is on the rise, figures revealed today.

Across Wearside, the number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (Neets) – soared from 760 in 2010 to 960 in 2011.

In the North East, the total rose from 6,970 to 8,350 last year.

Karen Buck, Labour’s spokeswoman for young people, said: “Today’s figures are another nail in the coffin of the Government’s failed economic plan.

“This generation of young people is paying a huge price for the recession made in Downing Street. Long-term youth unemployment has more than doubled in the last year.

“Whether it is cutting support for young people to stay in school, trebling tuition fees or ending face-to-face careers advice, this Government is hopelessly out of touch with the needs of the next generation.”

County Durham had the only fall, from 8.5 per cent in 2010 to 7.5 per cent in 2011.

Newcastle recorded the biggest rise, from 6.5 per cent to 11.8 per cent.