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Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey

Will coronavirus pandemic kickstart young people into becoming more politically engaged?

Richard Ramsey


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Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the launch of the Government’s Kickstart scheme (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the launch of the Government’s Kickstart scheme (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak during the launch of the Government’s Kickstart scheme (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

The Kickstart Scheme has been one of the UK government’s flagship recovery policies to assist young people who are the age-group most economically impacted by COVID-19.

The scheme is designed to encourage job placements for 16-24-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales by providing grants to employers. Like many of these policies, the small print says that it excludes Northern Ireland; however NI Economy Minister Diane Dodds has since responded with a locally focused initiative.

This is all welcome but young people will certainly hope that the Chancellor’s Budget in November contains much more to assist them, given the extent to which recessions, and perhaps this one in particular, affect the young.