Employment: Young People

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Conservative, Chelmsford

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to create more employment opportunities for young people in (a) Essex and (b) Chelmsford constituency.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Our Youth Contract, worth nearly £1 billion, builds on the substantial support already available to help unemployed young people enter work. The contract includes more intensive support for all 18 to 24-year-olds, work experience and sector-based work academy places, and a new wage incentive scheme delivered through the Work programme.

In Essex in the year to November 2013 we have seen a reduction in the youth unemployment claimant count of 1,710, a 23% fall and in Chelmsford for the same period we have seen a reduction in the youth unemployment claimant count of 180, a 24% fall.

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