[un-allotted half day] — Unemployment

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 4:09 pm on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Conservative, North East Hertfordshire 4:09 pm, 14th December 2011

The hon. Lady should talk to young people in Spain, where youth unemployment is very high—as much as 30%, I am told. The same is true in Italy. The fact is that youth unemployment is a European problem that must be tackled in the eurozone and right across the continent.

The Government are concentrating on a Work programme that, after 12 months, gives people individualised help to look at what skills and assistance they need to get them back into work, and that, for the first time, gives the disabled a chance of getting the help they need. That is a good thing. That programme and the youth contract, with its job subsidies and extra incentive payments, are not signs of an uncaring Government.