MP backs young apprentices' youth Budget

A Labour MP is to challenge the Chancellor’s plans for unemployed young people, after young apprentices issue their Budget plan.

The six-point plan, drawn up by 10 young apprentices with support from youth agency Livity, calls on the government to create more apprenticeships and jobs for young people and to spend more on youth clubs.

The 17- to 25-year-olds also want the government to create youth advice centres to replace closed Connexions services and focus more on young people's health.

Tessa Jowell MP has now taken up the baton and promised to raise the points made in the young people's manifesto in Parliament tomorrow after George Osborne's Budget speech.


"Young people have been some of the worst affected by the recent recession and we cannot ignore their voice ..... I am incredibly proud to support Livity’s youth Budget and I urge the government to take steps to tackle youth unemployment before we lose a generation.”

 

One of Livity’s apprentices, 25-year-old Dennis Sampson, said he was one of the “lucky ones”.

“We know first-hand what it's like to experience barriers and to be out of work, and whilst we're the lucky ones, having secured a place on Livity's Advantage programme, we want to make a stand, and to get government to prioritise the needs of young people,”

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