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‘It isn’t easy being young’

by on January 8, 2013

The Prince’s Trust has recently published the Youth Index 2013, an annual survey measuring how confident and happy young people feel about their lives and their futures. The index reveals a considerable ‘wellbeing gap’ between young people who are in work, education or training compared to those who are not (NEETs). One in five NEETs report that they ‘cannot cope with day to day life’.

In today’s Independent, Caroline Mortimer writes about what it is like to be a young person in the UK, part of what is commonly termed the ‘lost generation’. She has an interesting take on being part of this group:

“We are constantly told to grown up but are repeatedly infantilised by society. We aren’t listened to by politicians but expected to follow the rules they set for us. We are forced to depend on our mothers and fathers because we can’t find a paying job yet are supposed to ‘work hard’. We have all the responsibilities of regular members of society but none of the same rights.”

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