Back to Top

Fall in youth unemployment welcome but young black men still over-represented in London’s benefit claimant figures

According to the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG), a London-based charity, the claimant count figures for London still show that young black men are significantly over-represented. Black males make up 6 per cent of London’s youth population (aged 18 to 24) but 17 per cent of London’s young Jobseekers Allowance claimants.

The Action Plan to Increase Employment Rates for Young Black Men in London - recently published by BTEG - revealed the views of 200 young black men about their experiences of finding work in the capital. The young people in the study believe that ‘racism and negative stereotyping’ are the main reasons for their high unemployment rate. They also believe there is a need for more black male business role models in their communities to help them access social and professional networks to improve their employment opportunities.

BTEG calls on the London Mayor to make young black men a specific priority group in the new £500 million European Social Fund programme for London. Only young black men and young black women are over-represented amongst JAS claimants in London. The charity also calls on the Mayor’s London Enterprise Panel to set a target to reduce the unemployment rate of young black men to the average for all men aged 16-24 by 2018.  

Jeremy Crook OBE, Director of BTEG, says: ‘BTEG welcomes the fall in youth unemployment in the UK but it’s no long tenable to ignore the challenge facing young black people in London. Young black people have become the elephant in the room because everyone knows there is a problem but no one wants to talk about it and do something about it. Jobcentre Plus has made a start in London funding four projects aimed at young black men but they now need an action plan to deal with this issue. London’s young population is diverse and it’s clear the one-sized fit’s all approach is not reaching and helping many young talented black men and women.’

Notes.

  1. The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) is a London based national charity working to achieve race equality and improve outcomes for ethnic minority people in education, employment and enterprise. For more information about BTEG visit www.bteg.co.uk.

 

  1. London Claimant Stocks & Flows Sept 2014 18-24 Years

 

WHITE

MIXED

ASIAN

BLACK

OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS

MALE

6035

1070

2070

3850 (16.6%)

860

FEMALE

4075

680

1495

2360 (10.2%)

560

Totals

10110

1750

3565

6210

1420

Total All

23055

 

 

 

 

% of total

43.8

7.5

15.4

26.9

6.1

 

London Population 18 To 24 Years (2011 Census)

(Figures Show % of Total 18 to 24 Population in London)

 

WHITE

MIXED

ASIAN

BLACK

Other

Total

MALE

25.8

3.0

12.0

6.4

2.1

 

FEMALE

27.9

3.2

10.5

7.1

1.9

 

TOTAL

53.7

6.2

22.6

13.6

3.9

100

 

3.   Jeremy Crook is the Chair of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Equality Advisory Group (EAG) and members of the Department for Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group.

4.         For more information about this press release contact Jeremy Crook: Mob: 07766114877. BTEG address: 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP. Registered charity No: 1056043 BTEG is supported by Trust for London, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Ministry of Justice, The Monument Trust, Department for Communities and Local Government and Big Lottery Fund. 

Latest

BTEG welcomes the Lammy Review into the treatment and outcomes for Black Asian and Mi...
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 00:05
This September David Lammy MP launches his government-sponsored review into the treat...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:11
Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room  Jeff Bezos, foun...
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 15:43
  `We must not accept that crime and violence is a foregone conclusion for any young...
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 13:17

Follow us on social media