Thousands of young people in the East Riding targeted for work scheme

Thousands of young people in the East Riding could benefit from a £2 billion government fund to help them into work, figures suggest.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 1:20 pm
The scheme will subsidise six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants. Photo: PA Images

The newly launched Kickstart scheme is aimed at people aged 16-24 who are at risk of being “left behind” in a labour market hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis.

It will subsidise six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants in the age group who are out of work and facing long-term unemployment.

Department for Work and Pensions data shows there were 2,347 people aged 16-24 who were unemployed and on Universal Credit in the East Riding at the most recent count on June 11.

They were among 61,000 young people out of work and claiming the benefit across Yorkshire and The Humber, and 628,000 across Britain as a whole.

In the East Riding, there were more 21-years-olds (371) on Universal Credit in June than any other year group eligible for the work placements.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

“The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.”

Kickstart, which will be delivered by the DWP, will initially be open until December 2021.

Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said Labour has “repeatedly called for a youth employment scheme that matches the scale of today’s jobs crisis”.

But she said the Kickstart scheme had been delayed and lacks cross-organisational coordination.