MP welcomes new cash to ease youth unemployment

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TEENAGERS living locally who are not in employment, education or training will benefit from more than £1.2million of support, according to figures secured by Polegate and Seaford MP, Norman Baker.

The funding, £1,264,788 for East Sussex, is part of £126million of new money announced by Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg as part of the government’s Youth Contract.

It has been established to focus on 55,000 young people, aged between 16 and 17, who have no GCSEs at A* - C and are at the highest risk of long-term disengagement.

It will provide targeted support to work with the teenagers to get them out of the rut they have found themselves in and help to provide training and job opportunities to ensure their future prospects.

These figure secured by Mr Baker come just two weeks after he obtained figures showing that apprenticeships in the area were up by 128 per cent, and up 63.5 per cent nationally.

Mr Baker said, “It is genuinely sad having young people who are just stuck at home doing nothing.

“It is very hard for them to get out of that rut once they are in it.

“This is not a new problem, but one that is compounded by the financial situation that the government inherited.

“Addressing it is the right thing to do for young people.

“This £1.2million will ensure that local teenagers receive personal, targeted support from experts to help them develop the confidence and skills that they need.”