Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin visits project to reduce youth unemployment and tackle homelessness

Local MP uses pay rise to pay for internet access for local young people

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin visited a local project to help disadvantaged young people find work and somewhere to live this Friday.

Austin provided the Foyer with £600 from the Good Causes fund he established with the MPs’ pay rise to pay for broadband and give the residents internet access.

The foyer is run by the Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD).  The project offers disadvantaged young people safe, affordable accommodation as well as personal development and training.

The project aims to give young people the confidence to live independently and new skills to help them find employment.

Austin will be visiting the Foyer to meet staff and see the facilities and support which they offer to vulnerable young people.

Ian Austin said:

“We need to make education and skills our number one priority in Dudley because it’s the only way that we will attract new investment and jobs to the area.

“The Foyer Project does brilliant work offering new skills and training to local young people who have missed out on education earlier in life.

“Long-term youth unemployment is three times the national average in Dudley, so I want a jobs guarantee to offer starter jobs to every young person that had been out of work for more than a year.

 "I promised at the election that when times are tough for so many people I would use the MPs' pay rise to help good causes so I’m delighted that I have been able to help this great cause”

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