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Bevan Foundation insights on BBC Wales

January 27th 2021

The Bevan Foundation hit the news headlines on 26th January 2021 commenting on the latest unemployment figures.

The Bevan Foundation’s Director, Victoria Winckler, commented on BBC Wales TV, radio and online on the latest unemployment figures for Wales.  Not only did the figures show growing numbers of people in Wales being unable to find a job, the Bevan Foundation said that the statistics also underestimated the scale of the problem.

Speaking to Sarah Dickins, BBC Wales’ economics correspondent, Victoria said:

The headline figures don’t really tell us the full story and at worst they give us a false sense of security about what’s happening in the labour market.”

On BBC Wales Today, Victoria highlighted the particularly severe impact on young people, with youth unemployment increasingly significantly and reaching nearly 1 in 5 in some areas such as Neath Port Talbot. Victoria said:

“The figures … show nearly one in five young people in Neath Port Talbot was unemployed. That’s a huge proportion, and one that’s going to leave a lasting scar on that generation”

The Bevan Foundation’s reaction was also covered by Business News Wales.

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