Only one of these young people is known to the writer. Devinder (not his real name), who grew up in Druid’s Heath, had been unemployed for some time, and a grant of £500 enabled him to buy a portable cooking range with which he set up a business catering at festivals. He later opened a café in Bristol.

Hopefully, royalists and republicans alike will welcome the news that the Prince’s Trust has helped 80,000 young people to start their own businesses.

princes trust logoThe Trust gives practical and financial support to young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It supports 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people helped last year moved into work, education or training.

The Trust website reminds us that around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training, that youth unemployment costs the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity and youth crime costs £1 billion every year.

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