MPs bid to win a share of city cash for young jobless in Basildon

Echo: John Baron John Baron

TWO MPs are to write to the Government to urge ministers to make cash available to ease youth employment in Basildon.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced a £50million fund for councils to tackle youth unemployment – but only for cities.

As Basildon and Harlow have a problem with youth unemployment, Essex County Council has called on MPs throughout Essex to support the call to make the cash available to county councils.

Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron, and East Thurrock and South Basildon MP Stephen Metcalfe, have promised they will write to Government ministers.

Tory Mr Metcalfe said: “I will write to the Deputy Prime Minister to ask why cities have received preferential treatment when there are areas in Essex with higher rates of youth unemployment than some of the funding recipients. “This is a problem that should to be tackled on a needs basis, not by whether an area meets the criteria of a city.”

The cash is due to be made available for 28 major cities over the next three years.

Tory Mr Baron said: “I see no reason why counties should be excluded. Applications should be based on merit.”

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Basildon in June was 2,236.

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7:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Let's see the immigration problem sorted once and for all , what is it that's turning up in January, oh yes, that's right, 385,000 more turning up from Bulgaria and Romania ...oh and yes, that excuse that Brits are too lazy to do the jobs.

Utter cr@p. Brits can't afford to work for below the national minimum wage but for people whose wages are a few pence a week, they will come here and work for next to nothing, pricing yet more of us out of a job.

Sort it Cameron. Listen to your MPs. I know John Baron, for one, has voted for an EU referendum and related issues. I do not subscribe to any political party but this needs sorting pre 2015
Let's see the immigration problem sorted once and for all , what is it that's turning up in January, oh yes, that's right, 385,000 more turning up from Bulgaria and Romania ...oh and yes, that excuse that Brits are too lazy to do the jobs. Utter cr@p. Brits can't afford to work for below the national minimum wage but for people whose wages are a few pence a week, they will come here and work for next to nothing, pricing yet more of us out of a job. Sort it Cameron. Listen to your MPs. I know John Baron, for one, has voted for an EU referendum and related issues. I do not subscribe to any political party but this needs sorting pre 2015 Kim Gandy

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