£1.4m boost to help tackle unemployment in Barnsley

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More than £1.4 million is set to be invested in Barnsley to tackle unemployment among young people aged 18 to 24.

Cabinet members at Barnsley Council approved a recommendation to accept combined grant funding from Sheffield and Leeds city regions of £1.08m, complemented by funding of £330,000 from the council itself.

Government figures show there are about 1,800 18 to 24-year-olds claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

The authority plans to develop a Young Persons’ Employment Support Hub to enable those out of work to gain greater access to support they need.

This will include advice sessions on how to write CVs and mentoring programmes.

Councillor Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for children, young people and families, welcomed the move and said: “This significant opportunity will supply resources to boost job creation in the Barnsley economy and build on emerging business confidence to begin hiring again.”