Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Treasury Minister rejects calls to help young unemployed in Black Country

A Treasury Minister has rejected calls for policies designed to tackle soaring youth unemployment in the Black Country.

Long-term youth unemployment in the Black Country currently stands at 2.3% - twice the national average of 0.9%

Speaking at this morning’s Treasury Questions, Dudley North MP Ian Austin asked Treasury Ministers to consider the case for “a specific, targeted plan to guarantee young people in the Black Country the chance of a job or training” to tackle the problem.

But Financial Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove Sajid Javid refused to consider the plan, saying “we’re not going to really listen to any ideas the Honourable Gentlemen have for youth unemployment.”

Under 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:

“Long-term youth unemployment is twice as high in the Black Country as elsewhere in Britain, and we need urgent action to give young people in the Black Country the chance of a job or training so that they can start their careers.”

You can watch Austin speak in Treasury Questions here.

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