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Scrapping wage scheme is politically motivated; Letters.

DEAR Editor, In her letter Tory prospective parliamentary candidate Rachel Maclean states the Tory government is serious about reducing youth unemployment and cites Northfield as an example (Post, October 16).

She also describes the withdrawal of the Wage Incentive as "not a cut".

I am afraid yet again Rachel Maclean is too busy peddling the line of her party rather than telling people the facts.

In 2012, as part of Birmingham City Council's drive to reduce youth unemployment, the Birmingham Jobs Fund was created by the Labour administration with the National Apprenticeship Service and the Department of Work and Pensions.

The aim was to pool resources and target funding. The collaborative working between agencies and the council was delivering until the politically driven decision by Employment Minister Esther McVey to cut the Wage Incentive, thus undermining a successful initiative to reduce youth unemployment.

Rachel McLean quotes figures of a reduction in the JSA counts for young people A counts for young people as if the numbers are a gospel truth.

Not all young people who've come off JSA are in work and A are in work and for those who have found work, it is the policies of the city council that are the driver.

In Longbridge, where the largest regeneration project in the UK is happening, young people are being employed as part of planning conditions.

When a company locates on the Longbridge site, a percentage of job interviews are ring-fenced for long term unemployed young people through our Employment Action Team.

Also, earlier this year Richard Burden MP, in collaboration with the council's employment team, Bournville College and local employers, launched The Climb Project to address long term youth unemployment.

The politically motivated decision by the Tory Government to cut the wage incentive could also have a debilitating effect on this initiative.

The council will still endeavour to run the Birmingham Jobs Fund, albeit with less money available.

The political decision to cut the wage incentive shows the Tory Government is not serious about reducing youth unemployment. The unfortunate casualties of this unthoughtful cut will be many young unemployed living in Birmingham.

Councillor Ian Cruise Labour & Cooperative Longbridge Ward

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 23, 2014
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