Local Assembly member Jennette Arnold has branded Boris Johnson "out of touch" after the Mayor blamed lazy young Londoners for spiralling unemployment.
The number of young people out of work for longer than six months in North East London has shot up by 144 per cent in the last year. Figures released this week show there are now 17 people in North East London chasing every job vacancy.
But despite official statistics revealing the stark lack of job opportunities in the capital, Boris Johnson blamed unemployment on Londoners' lack of "energy and appetite for work." The Mayor told The Sun newspaper, "the jobs are there and people need to have the energy to go out and get them”.
“There are large numbers of job vacancies. Why are young people not taking up those jobs? … Let’s talk about the work ethic”, the Mayor said.
Local London Assembly member, Jennette Arnold said the Mayor was out of touch and did not understand the fears of young people in North East London:
Jennette said: “The Mayor either doesn't know how bad things are for young Londoners or he is deliberately blaming them for the situation the government has forced them into. Either way he is totally out of touch with the desperate worries of school, college and university leavers and their families in North East London.
"Our young people are hard working and ambitious but their fears for the future are being ignored. Instead of blaming them Boris Johnson should be bending over backwards to help them."
The jobless figures released this week show that:
- The total number of people looking for work in North East London has risen by 12.8 per cent in the past year to 28,252
- There are just 1,656 vacancies for people to apply for but 28,252 looking for work
- Across London there are 233,673 people are looking for work but just 32,843 vacancies
- The number of young people out of work of across London is now over 1 million
- Jennette Arnold is London Assembly member for North East London
- Unemployment and JSA claimant figures can be found at www.ons.gov.uk and www.nomisweb.co.uk.
- The Mayor is quoted in the Sun newspaper saying, "There are large numbers of job vacancies. Why are young people not taking up those jobs? How can we help them? That is the key problem for our economy.
"Let's talk about the work ethic. I don't want to stigmatise young people because many of them do have the aptitude. But we need to face up to these issues.
"In some cases it can come down to the fact that the jobs are there and people need to have the energy to go out and get them.
"These are tough things to say for people facing hardship."