The Labour Party in Brighton and Hove continue to lay out their vision of a city with a Labour majority by unveiling their plans to tackle youth unemployment. Speaking during a visit by Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt MP, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, Councillor Warren Morgan said:
We believe every young person in this city deserves our support in getting a start on the way to a secure, well-paid career. That's why we are pledging, if elected to run the council in May, to end youth unemployment by the end of the four year council term in 2019.
Getting young people into full-time training or paid apprenticeships at the Living Wage and providing encouragement and incentives to employers and developers in the city will be one of our main goals as an administration. Giving young people the opportunity and support to succeed benefits not just them as individuals but their families, communities and the city as a whole.
Peter Kyle, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Hove and Portslade, said:
It’s shocking that our city has hundreds of young people who are claiming Job Seeker Allowance and dozens who have been unemployed for more than a year. A long period of unemployment for a young person can have a terrible impact on their ability to succeed later in life.
Our society and economy also suffers due to the social impact on our communities and wasted potential. Something has to be done. By taking these steps we will ensure that every young person has the start in life that they deserve.
- Incentives for employers include reduced trader permits announced last week
- Funding pledged by Labour nationally: http://www.labour.org.uk/issues/detail/young-people
- Opportunities for young people will come through major hospital, retail, construction and event developments
- In fulfilling the pledge, Labour will work with city partners, such as City College Brighton and Hove