Young People: Unemployment

Education written question – answered on 10th January 2012.

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Photo of Liz Kendall Liz Kendall Shadow Minister (Health) (Care and Older People)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education which organisation he proposes will be responsible for (a) collecting and (b) monitoring information on the number of young people not in education, employment or training from 2012.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Estimates of the number of 16-18 year olds in England who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) are published annually in June by the Department for Education in the statistical first release "Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 year olds in England". Quarterly data from the Labour Force Survey on the number and proportion of 16-18 year olds, and 16-24 year olds, NEET in England are published by the Department in the statistical release “NEET Quarterly Brief”.

Local authorities are responsible for tracking young people's participation in education, training and employment and for recording this information for 16-19 year olds resident in their authority. This forms a part of their statutory duty to encourage, enable and assist young people's participation in education or training.

The Department will continue to publish the information that local authorities collect, enabling local people to hold services to account.

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