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Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls for action on Black Country youth unemployment

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on government Ministers to take immediate action on youth unemployment in the Black Country.

Austin was speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions where he called on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to extend the government’s Youth Unemployment Fund and City Deal schemes to tackle Black Country youth unemployment.

Youth unemployment in the Black Country is higher than any of the eight cities currently benefiting from these schemes, with 11,065 young people out of work, 10.7% of all young people in the region.

The government’s Youth Unemployment Fund was announced in November, and offers eight cities a share of £50 million in funding to develop innovative schemes to get young people back into work.

Austin has now written to the Deputy Prime Minister urging him to bring youth unemployment schemes to the Black Country as soon as possible.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Ian Austin MP said:

There are more young people out of work in the Black Country than any of the eight cities getting his Youth Unemployment Fund, so will he extend that scheme to the Black Country and if he’s going to tell me his City Deal is the answer, will he call an urgent meeting to sort that out and get that scheme underway much more quickly too?

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