Just 40% of young people aged between 16-24 in the North East believe they will have a good quality of life in the future.

In a large study of 16-24-year olds across England, HOPE not hate Charitable Trust asked over 2000 young people across England whether they would have a good job and a decent place to live in the future.

Only half of the participants across the country believed they would, while 60% in the North East believed they wouldn’t have a good quality of life.

Further statistics in the study showed that 54% of young people from the North East stated mental health as one of the biggest issues they face.

HOPE not hate believe their findings represent a demographic who may become a lost ‘Coronavirus Generation’ because young people fear for their future chances whilst feeling marginalised from future opportunities.

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said: “HOPE not hate Charitable Trust’s research shows more than half think coronavirus will cause huge long-term disruption to their future prospects.

“The immediate danger is unemployment. As in any recession, young workers just starting out in their careers are most vulnerable to job cuts. Workers aged 25 and under are three times more likely to work in either hospitality or arts and recreation – the two sectors where jobs are at greatest risk.

“Without decisive action, today’s young workers will see their hopes and dreams unfulfilled as their talents go unused. It’s been decades since the UK experienced mass youth unemployment. The 1980s showed the consequences of throwing young people onto a threadbare safety net. In the 2020s, young workers must not pay the price of the pandemic.”

2,076 adults aged 16-24 who were sampled from across Great Britain between 20th-26th May 2020 to gather data for Hope not hate’s study.

The full report, ‘Young People in the Time of COVID-19’, can be read here: https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/young-people-in-the-time-of-covid-19/