8 Sep 2021

Ministers under fire for being unable to explain surge in unemployment among young Black people

Economics Correspondent

MPs have accused the Department for Work and Pensions of being unable to explain why there’s a “shocking inequality” in UK unemployment, after the jobless figure among young Black people soared to more than 41% during the pandemic.

A damning report by the Public Accounts Committee says although the DWP has spent a “staggering” amount on new initiatives, there was a complete “lack of curiosity” about whether they were actually having any impact.