Research Claims Region Is Worst Place for Young

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Research Claims Region Is Worst Place for Young


THE North East is the worst area to be young, according to a new report.

The regional measure of young people's prospects, the Regional Intergenerational Fairness Index, revealed the North East is the most intergenerationally unfair region of the UK in which to live.

According to the Index, the North East performs badly for nine out of 12 indicators used; unemployment, degree level education, voting, CO2 emissions, research and development, the average age of councillors, housebuilding, and health and demographic dependency.

Four areas highlighted as areas of concern were; participation in democracy, where just 26.9% of young people aged 18-30 said they voted in the last national elections compared to the UK average of 45.9% of young people; degree-level education, where the North East has the lowest level of residents educated to degree level; per capita CO2 emissions, where the North East has the second highest levels in the UK; and research and development, where just 1.3% of the region's GDP is spent on R&D compared to a UK average of 1.9%.

Angus Hanton, co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation who released the index, said: "Our research demonstrates that where you live has a direct impact on your prospects as a young person compared to older generations. …

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