Yeah - they'd sooner sit on their backsides , smoking Embassy Regal, drinking Stella and watching daytime TV than go out to work.Anyone who's read a few editions of Viz comic knows how folk in the North East live.
I think there was a genuine issue, in towns like Redcar, of some young men having, and being encouraged to have, unrealistic attitudes and expectations which harmed their work prospects. The previous availability of well-paid work which did not require academic qualifications and could be taken up by school leavers had left its mark, which lingered after those jobs went away. There was a problem of a significant number of boys leaving school at 16 aspiring towards the jobs their fathers and grandfathers had done, and nothing else. They would not take the jobs that were available with their qualifications because those were regarded as women's work (retail, light industry, office, etc) , but then were resentful that 'the lasses got all the jobs'. They could not get the better-paid jobs which were available as those required post-school qualifications, which they were not pursuing, and regarded with scorn. The consequences of their typically having less money than their female counterparts, the distinct opposite of the traditional basis of local youth culture, led to more resentment as well as to insecure relationships.
I vividly recall, in Redcar in the 1990's, having to rescue my stepson from his grandfather angrily berating him for still being in school at 16. At first I was just incredulous then felt I really should intervene as my father in law became increasingly heated and critical of his grandson for "thinking you're so posh ... still at school ... should be out at work..." (etc, etc). He was not alone in holding such attitudes and it is not wholly surprising that they had some influence.