BARNSLEY East MP Michael Dugher is putting pressure on the Government to introduce a youth unemployment scheme in South Yorkshire which would help almost 2000 jobless youths across the region.
The Labour politician is backing the “Real Jobs Guarantee” scheme which aims to provide a six-month paid placement, preferably in the private sector, to all 18-24 year olds who have been unemployed for more than twelve months.
He said the Government could fund 25 hours of work per week at the national minimum wage and in return businesses would be expected to cover at least ten hours of training and development a week.
It has been calculated that the initiative could be paid for by a tax on bank bonuses.
Unemployment figures have shown that long-term youth unemployment across South Yorkshire has risen from 920 to 1980 in the past year.
The MP said: “Ministers need to wake up to the jobs crisis they’re responsible for.”