Local MP Rosie Cooper is calling on Lancashire County Council to create jobs for young people in West Lancashire after it was announced that the County Council is one of 117 organisations that has received funding in the first round of money from the Government’s £1 billion Future Jobs Fund.
The first awards under the fund, announced this week, will create 47,000 jobs that would not otherwise exist. Another 100,000 jobs are due to be created this year, as well as 20,000 internships, half of which will be for 18-21 year olds who have not been to university. The Government aims to guarantee work, training or paid work experience to every 18-24 year old in long-term unemployment by January 2010.
"I am pleased that Lancashire County Council has received funding to create jobs for young people and I will be writing to them to ask that they spend some of this money here in West Lancashire."
"The Government has put up the money, now it is up to us to come up with the ideas as to how we can give real jobs in the community to young people who are out of work. In the last recession young people were left on the scrapheap. I am determined that this should not happen this time and that every young person who would otherwise be long term unemployed gets a job or training. We need to work together to make sure we use this opportunity to help young people get jobs but also to make sure those jobs help the community. I strongly encourage local voluntary sector and social enterprise organisations to put in bids for funding."
"David Cameron has criticised Labour for putting this money in but I hope his opposition will not stop the Tory council from creating jobs for young people."
Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper said:
“Rosie Cooper and other MPs have campaigned hard against unemployment and the Future Jobs Fund is the result. I want West Lancs to get its fair share of this money and more importantly to make sure that young people are not abandoned to life on benefits like in the last recession."
"I want to see local councils, third sector groups and others coming forward with ideas on how to create jobs for young people. Work can give young people pride and purpose and local people know the useful jobs they could be doing in the local area."