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NEET figures "heartening" but "equality of opportunity at risk"

“Unfortunately, planned cuts to Disabled Students Allowance will soon put equality of opportunity at risk.

“If the government can’t prioritise sufficient support for disabled people in higher education, those students are going to face a fundamentally different decision to others.  When looking for where to study, most people choose the best place for them to succeed in their course – but disabled students will be limited to universities which have the funding and facilities to help them. That could filter out young disabled people from the diverse employment opportunities enjoyed by their peers, and do little to help either improve the NEET statistics, or save the government money.”

ONS quarterly figures on young people Not in Employment Education or Training (NEET)

&middot         There were 954,000 young people (aged from 16 to 24) in the UK who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in Q3

&middot         This is a decrease of 12,000 from April to June 2014 (down 1.2% quarter on quarter)

&middot         From a year earlier, the number of NEET young people has dropped by 142,000 (down 13.0%)

&middot         The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 13.1%, down 0.1 percentage points from April to June 2014 and down 1.9 percentage points from a year earlier

&middot         Just under half (47%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed

&middot         The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive

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