Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin: Compulsory jobs needed to tackle youth unemployment crisis

Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed plans for a Jobs Guarantee to tackle youth unemployment in the Black Country.

Long-term youth unemployment in the Black Country currently stands at 2.3% - more than twice the national average of 0.9% and Austin says the plans to offer every young person out of work for over a year a job with training will provide a lifeline for local youngsters.

Nationally the number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s allowance has doubled since 2010, from 28,300 to 56,100 today.

Under the new plans announced by Labour every young person out of work for more than 12 months will be given a paid starter job which they will have to take up or lose benefits.

Ian Austin said:

“Unemployment here is still far too high at twice the national average. The latest figures show that 10,215 young people are out of work across the Black Country, almost 1 in 10.

“When I left Castle High School in the eighties I remember how many of my friends ended up unemployed. We can't afford another jobless generation in Dudley.

“I want to see every young person guaranteed a paid job that they must do or face losing benefits to stop youth unemployment in its tracks.”

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