Marc is 19, unemployed and on Jobseeker’s Allowance. He has two A levels, a BTEC and a number of GCSEs. He says, “I’ll probably want in my life just to be stable enough to feed myself and my kids, ‘cos my Mum couldn’t afford to feed herself when she was feeding us. I’ve been searching for work for nearly three years, and it’s coming up clueless at the moment. Must have been hundreds of jobs I’ve applied for: bar tending, cleaning, everything you can probably think of, even fixing lampposts. When you don’t hear anything back you just feel let down. I may not show it, but it does take a lot out of you. It’s not physically, it’s just in your head. Last year, I had a mental breakdown in my Mum’s back garden ‘cos I couldn’t hack it. I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t deal with all the stress and worrying about money, food on the table, heating, bills. I just couldn’t do it.”