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Councils spending hundreds of billions on unemployed youth

Some ten percent of youngsters never get a job


Councils need to recognise the long-term socio-economic consequences of unemployed youth

June 2, 2014
15:53

by Nanna G. Vansteelant


Calculations based on studies carried out in 80 Swedish councils predict that some 10 percent of Danish youths will never get a job, spend their whole working life on disabilities and cost the country's councils a net loss of 105 billion kroner – in benefits, lost revenue and the costs incurred in trying to get them back into work, reports Information.

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Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and pensions provider Skandia, the organisations behind the calculations, were anxious to point out that the Swedish study took differences between Denmark and Sweden into consideration.

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The organisations said they hoped the findings would inspire Danish councils to recognise the economic potential of improving conditions via social investment plans.

“The councils needed an overview of what unemployed youth costs," Peter Holm, the head of communication at Skandia, told Information

"They are often forced to plan for one year or one budget at a time, as opposed to taking the advantages of long-term schemes into consideration.”

CBS now intends to work with Skandia to develop a tool that can calculate the socio-economic losses sustained by  unemployed youth to inform Danish councils about better using their finances.

 



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