Government working “flat out” to secure jobs

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

THE Chancellor said he is working flat out to get youth unemployment rates down – despite the fact the number of young people out of work in Hartlepool increased last month.

The number of 18-24-year-olds claiming jobseekers allowance rose from 1,320 to 1,335 in Hartlepool in July,

But Mr Osborne believes that with apprenticeships and the Government’s youth contract, which saw almost £1bn of funding provided in November last year to support the participation of 16-24 year-olds in education, training and work, the structure is in place for young people to find work.

He told the Mail: “Hartlepool has paid the price in the last 10 years because of the Labour Government borrowing too much money. I am working flat out to get youth unemployment rates down and we have seen unemployment in general in the North-East fall.

“That’s good news and I want to see even more good news, what we are seeing here today in Hartlepool is an example of more of what we want to see.”

Mr Osborne said dozens of young people in Hartlepool will get the opportunity of apprenticeship roles at Hereema as recruitment for the 200 new jobs starts early next year.

“This sort of announcement secures the future for some young people in the town, they are sustainable jobs and the type of high-tech manufacturing jobs which we are delighted to secure,” he added.

“What we are determined to do is make sure of the long term sustainable future of jobs, not just for this generation but for the young apprentices who are going to come and work here at Hereema as well.”