Byrne gets #shapeyourfuture on the road


Liam Byrne takes Labour’s #shapeyourfuture consultation down Billy Bragg’s ‘highway of dreams’ through estuary Essex to the sea.


This week Liam Byrne, Labour’s shadow Universities and Skills minister, will visit seven Further Education colleges in six constituencies across three days taking the A13 from West Ham to Southend.


Liam Byrne said:


“Our young people are as aspirational and optimistic as ever. They see the world of possibility like no one else. But right now they face a sea of uncertainty, with high unemployment, fewer apprenticeships, sky high university fees and even higher house prices. Despite this they’re far more tolerant about issues like immigration - and are much less likely to vote UKIP.


Only 10% of first time voters say they support UKIP.


But: many young people are not registered to vote - and nearly 2 million young people say they may not vote.


Last week Ed Miliband launched Labour’s #shapeyourfuture consultation. We want to hear what from young people about their hopes and aspirations and what they want from a Government that represents them.


I am helping get #shapeyourfuture on the road, listening to young people and encouraging them to speak up, register to vote and make their voice heard.”


Editors Notes:


  1. 1.      Liam will be visiting:


i)                    Newham Sixth Form College; NewVic

ii)                  Barking and Dagenham College

iii)                Ockenden Studio School 6th Form College

iv)                Palmers 6th Form College, Thurrock

v)                  PROCAT college, Basildon

vi)                SEEVIC College, Benfleet

vii)              South Essex College




2. How young people have been hit by this government

i.            Young people are now the first generation in a century to be poorer than the generation before them.[1]

ii.            Young people are now more likely than pensioners to be living in poverty according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation[2]

iii.            Almost 740,000 16-25 year olds are still out of work – that’s one in six young people.[3]

iv.            There are now 5,000 fewer apprenticeships for under 19 year olds than there were three years ago and the majority of new apprenticeships created since the election have gone to over 25s.[4]

v.            Today’s students will graduate with a debt of £44,000. On average that’s going to take people until they’re in their early 50s to pay off.[5]

vi.            Young people in work have seen their earnings cut by almost £1800 a year, since 2010.[6]

vii.            Young people’s household income has fallen by 20% since 2010 - in effect, they’re working Friday afternoon for free.[7]

viii.            A generation ago a deposit for a house took six month’s pay. Today’s first time buyers would have to save every penny earned for more than two years. A house for a first time buyer cost £36,000 in 1988. Now it costs £190,000.[8]

ix.            Today only one in six of under 35s now own their own home when it used to be more than one in four – and there’s half a million more young people living with their parents than in 2010.[9]

x.            Young people are now expected to work three more years before they get their state pension.[10]





[1] Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission, State of the Nation 2013

[2] JRF/New Policy Institute, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion, November 2014

[3] House of Commons Library: Youth Unemployment Statistics, November 2014

[4] House of Commons Library: Apprenticeships Statistics, February 2014

[5] Sutton Trust, Time to Pay, April 2014

[6] House of Commons Library analysis: the decrease in real median weekly earnings for 22-29 year olds is equivalent to £1,750 per year (CPI adjusted) between 2010 and 2014

[7] Among the 22–30 age group, median income fell by 20% after housing cost between 2007–08 and 2012–13. (IFS, Living Standards, Poverty & Inequality in the UK, 2014)

[8] House of Commons Library analysis, December 2014 comparing house prices (mix adjusted) and real incomes from 1988 to 2013

[9] Savills: Residential Property Focus Q4 2014 / IFS, Living Standards, Poverty & Inequality in the UK, 2014

[10] Centre for Policy Studies, October 2014