Future Jobs Fund vital says MP

A YOUTH unemployment crisis should spur a Government re-think about scrapping the Future Jobs Fund, claims a Barnsley MP.

Michael Dugher, who represents Barnsley East, told the Commons that “valuable opportunities for young people” had been created by the scheme in his constituency, that covers Wombwell, Darfield, Hoyland and Grimethorpe.

He said: “We are facing a youth unemployment crisis in this country, the scale of which we haven’t seen in areas like Barnsley since the 1980s.

“There is a growing consensus that the Government needs a ‘Plan B’ for dealing with an economy that has stalled, but it is just as obvious that the Government needs a ‘Plan A’ for dealing with unemployment and in particular the lack of opportunities for young people in my constituency, and indeed many other parts of the country.”

His comments followed the revelation that youth unemployment has risen to a new record high.