Two months since Kickstart was announced, the Government still has yet to set out what the targeted objectives of the Kickstart scheme are and the criteria for success.

Over a million young people are not in full-time education nor employment, accounting for one in six young people.

The number claiming unemployment-related benefits has risen by 125% since lockdown, yet another sign the Government’s handling of the health crisis has put us on course for the worst recession in Europe.

As economic activity begins to pick up, the focus must be on an inclusive recovery. Young people must not be left behind, and that’s why we need to see Kickstart be as effective as it can be, rolled out as soon as possible and lead to meaningful job opportunities for young people across the country.

That’s why it is surprising that the approach the Government has taken so far risks starting the scheme off on the wrong foot, with damaging consequences for young participants and the wider economy.

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