[un-allotted half day] — Unemployment

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 3:04 pm on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Equalities) 3:04 pm, 14th December 2011

I want to return to the Minister’s point about the previous programmes having only just come to a conclusion. He surely accepts that they were running down. If someone started on a future jobs fund programme at the very end of its life, that individual would inevitably be in work for a further six months. However, that does not mean that there was not a substantial gap between the announcement of the closure of some programmes and the Government finally getting around to opening up a new programme, the youth contract, which we understand will not actually come into effect until next April.