11th June 2014
1 in 20 young people are out of work in Copeland – higher than the Cumbrian, North West and national average.
The Queen’s speech contained nothing to boost jobs and nothing to help young people into employment.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“More than 1 in 20 young people in Copeland are out of work. This is to the benefit of no-one yet the Government continue to do nothing. Of all those out of work in Copeland, nearly a third of these are young people who are leaving school, college or university with few options. That is why Labour would tax bankers’ bonuses to fund a guaranteed starter job for young people out of work for a year.
“The rate of youth unemployment is higher in Copeland than it is in Cumbria as a whole, in the North West region and the whole country. In the Queen’s Speech, the Government announced nothing to help get young people back to work.
“The Government should stop prioritising tax cuts for millionaires over those in need of a job. They should back Labour’s plans and help get young people back to work.”