Work scheme proposed for young people

Michael Dugher
Michael Dugher

THE number of South Yorkshire’s young people who have been unemployed for more than a year has risen by 156 per cent.

Michael Dugher MP says rising youth unemployment has become a “scandal” after viewing figures for the past year - and he has proposed a new scheme for South Yorkshire.

The MP for Barnsley East spoke out about new figures released by the Office for National Statistics. They also reveal that the level of youth unemployment in South Yorkshire is currently at 15,480 - up 18 per in 12 months.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in South Yorkshire has risen to stand at 45,805 – a 14 per cent increase over 12 months. There are now over eight people on JSA chasing every job vacancy in South Yorkshire compared to six a year ago.

Mr Dugher is putting pressure on the Government to introduce a youth unemployment scheme in South Yorkshire.

The scheme would tackle long-term youth unemployment by providing a six-month paid placement for all 18-24-year-olds who have been unemployed for more than 12 months.

Mr Dugher said that the Government could fund 25 hours of work per week at the national minimum wage, and in return businesses would be expected to cover at least ten hours of training a week. It is calculated that the initiative could be funded by a tax on bank bonuses.