By any estimate there's a massive shortage of low and semi-skilled jobs in this country. People queue wherever opportunities arise. Yet politicians seem to have given up on trying to create such jobs. They simply cite the ever-increasing numbers of low skilled, low paid workers competing for such work on the global jobs market.
Youth unemployment is likely to cost the exchequer £4.8bn in 2012, but how can social enterprise help solve the crisis? Can social entrepreneurship offer the young unemployed a path into work?
Colin Crooks looks at the important role that social business can play in finding work for 6.5 million jobseekers.
Jobless support company Eco Actif closes after being denied loans by banks which said social policy was risky investment.
New research from The Camden Society shows that there is room for significant expansion in the catering industry. Unity Kitchen predicts that there is scope for 5,500 new catering social enterprises, creating 38,500 new jobs.