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Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire pushes for placing young people at the heart of the Coalition’s growth strategy

Local MP Jo Swinson put forward measures for combating youth unemployment at Liberal Democrat Spring Conference last week, proposing the extension of the Youth Contract and help for young entrepreneurs and apprentices. She also called for improved mentoring and career advice in schools.

Commenting, Jo Swinson MP, said:

“Liberal Democrats are committed to putting young people at the heart of the Coalition Government’s growth strategy.

“That’s why last year Nick Clegg outlined a £1bn Youth Contract to get unemployed young people earning or learning before the long term damage is done.

“In East Dunbartonshire there are more than 300 people aged 18 to 24 in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and who stand to benefit from the Youth Contract.”


“At our conference, Liberal Democrats asserted our commitment to giving every young person a fair start in life, calling for the Youth Contract to be extended and for greater support for young entrepreneurs and apprentices.

“We also want to see more emphasis on career guidance and mentoring for students so school leavers can make well informed choices.

“Youth unemployment is a slow burn social disaster so it’s right that despite money being tight the Coalition Government is prioritising getting young people back into work, education or training.

“We simply can’t afford to lose the skills and talent of a generation.”


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