Warning as more young people jobless

A CHARITY has warned that Ipswich's most vulnerable youngsters will be permanently damaged by the economic downturn unless they receive the support they need.

A CHARITY has warned that Ipswich's most vulnerable youngsters will be permanently damaged by the economic downturn unless they receive the support they need.

Unemployment among youngsters in Ipswich has increased by 67 per cent in the past year with one in ten of 18-24 year olds now claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

A report released this week by The Prince's Trust and Cass Business School said that youth unemployment is set to rise with those in the most deprived areas hit hardest.

Graham Ball, The Prince's Trust East of England regional director, said: “Calls from young people to our local offices have increased dramatically in the past year and we want to be able to support those people in need.”

He added: “Ipswich's most vulnerable youngsters will be permanently damaged by the downturn, unless they receive the support they need.”

The Prince's Trust is launching its fundraising campaign Million Makers this month to encourage teams of individuals to raise money for the charity.

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It spends 88p out of every pound directly on delivering and developing programmes and services for young people. If you would like to find out more about the Million Makers campaign contact Hannah Bias on 01473 228844.

n. Are you a young person who has been affected by the downturn? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk