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UK rejects EU funding for youth jobs and training

Labour's Richard Howitt MEP says that Britain is the last country in Europe to apply for a £5 billion EU fund to help guarantee a job or training to young people out of work, the deadline for which expired on 31 December.

Richard said: 

"What sort of message does it send to the one-in-six young people who are unemployed in the East of England, when the Government chooses not to claim money to help them find a job?"

In November, Richard took part in the parliamentary debate agreeing European Social Funding for the next seven years, explaining that the £200 million invested currently in our region had helped 2500 people find or stay in work.

In a later debate on social investment, Richard made the case to MEPs for European help to be given to social enterprises and specifically to cooperatives.

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