SOMERSET has more ‘Vicky Pollard’ (pictured) young people than almost anywhere else in the country, it has been revealed.
The ‘Little Britain’ television comedy character typifies NEETs - young people ‘Not in Employment, Education or Training’.
Now, Government figures have shown in Somerset the number of NEETS - or Vicky Pollards – rose by 167 per cent between 2003 and 2007, the third-highest county increase in the country.
Nationally, the increase in NEETS was just 12 per cent during the same period.
Somerset County Council Conservative group leader Councillor Ken Maddock said there was no sign on the horizon of any improvement.
Councillor Maddock said: “These figures show there is a problem facing young people nationwide.
“But it is much, much worse in Somerset.
“And that is before we entered the recession.
“Now that the boom has turned to bust, we will pay a huge price for failing to fix the roof when the sun was shining.
“The county council needs to look urgently at measures to help these young people.
“If we fail, we shall be wasting the talents of the next generation.
Somerset cannot afford to let that happen.”