Delyn MP David Hanson has this week urged the UK Government to act to provide more job opportunities for young people in Flintshire.
Speaking from the floor the floor of the House of Commons the Delyn MP praised Airbus for its apprenticeship scheme but expressed his concern about the high levels of youth unemployment in Wales.
David Hanson said:
“Right now, youth unemployment is at worryingly high levels with almost a million young people in the UK unable to find a job. Yet the Tory-led Government is completely failing to take the necessary action to help create jobs for our young people.
“That’s why the Labour Party has this week launched a new ‘Britain’s Lost Talent’ campaign for a £2 billion tax on bankers’ bonuses which should be used to help create up to 100,000 more jobs for young people build more affordable homes and support small businesses.
“Of course the worldwide recession – caused by the irresponsible actions of the banks – meant youth unemployment rose sharply. But a year ago, thanks to Labour’s youth jobs programme, it was starting to fall steadily.
“Yet one of the first things George Osborne did last May was to scrap the Labour Government’s successful Future Jobs Fund and abolish Labour’s guarantee of work or training for every 18-24 year old on the dole for 6 months. And so there are now more young people looking for work than when Labour left office – and 31,000 more young unemployed than last summer.
“I strongly believe that putting young people on the dole is not just a waste of talent but a waste of money too. And failing to get Britain back to work fast enough is helping to push up the benefits bill by over £12 billion – that’s £500 for every household in Delyn.
“In the 1980s youth unemployment continued to rise four years after the recession was over. That’s why we need to act now to stop another lost generation of young people.
“A fair tax on bank bonuses will help get people off the dole and into work. It’s the best way to get the deficit down – and stop Britain’s talent going to waste.”
Notes to editors:
Below is the House of Commons exchange between David Hanson and Work and Pensions Minister Chris Grayling.
The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Chris Grayling):The issue of youth unemployment is one that he would know, if he had listened to my earlier answer, is of great importance to this Government and the nation. We are taking urgent steps to seek to address it.
Mr Hanson: Despite excellent apprenticeship schemes such as the one at Airbus near my constituency, which employs about 100 apprentices a year, youth unemployment in Wales is, sadly, still higher than anywhere else in the UK as a whole. Given what the Minister said earlier about potential jobs being created, in the absence of a strong regional policy and with the scrapping of Labour’s job schemes, how can he guarantee that the jobs for young people will go to where the most young people are unemployed?
Chris Grayling: We need two things to solve the problem of youth unemployment. We need a strategy for growth, which was at the heart of the Budget put forward by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer a few weeks ago. We will continue to seek measures that will encourage business to grow, develop and create jobs in this country. Alongside that, we will continue to pursue measures, through work experience, the Work programme and other arrangements to support young people to make sure that they are as well equipped as possible to take advantage of those vacancies wherever in the United Kingdom they arise and wherever in the United Kingdom they live.