North East MEP welcomes extra funding to tackle job losses in the region

Stephen Hughes MEP - photo

North East Labour MEP, Stephen Hughes has welcomed today’s announcement of extra government funding targeted at helping people retain work or retrain following redundancy.

Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham MP today unveiled details of a £158m fund to make it easier and quicker for people to get advice on carers and work related training to help them find and keep a job.

The scheme is joint funded by the government and the European Social Fund will be aimed at helping those who have been made redundant or who are at risk of being made redundant.

The announcement comes as figures show that 20,613 job vacancies remained advertised at Job Centres across the region.

People taking benefiting from the scheme will be able to access a skills health check, gain access to existing training, pre job training, help with literacy and numeracy, as well as other programmes.

Tony McNulty, Labour's Employment Minister said:
"This European funding is a boost for people looking for work in the North East. It means the Labour Government can continue to provide more and more real help for those looking for work."

North East Labour MEP Stephen Hughes said;

“I very much welcome this announcement. This is a worrying time for many people across the North East and this scheme, which uses money from the European Social Fund, will help those facing uncertainty at work or who have been made redundant. “

“People in the North East know all too well what happens when a government just stands by and lets whole communities go to the wall during tough economic times. The Tories “do-nothing” approach was wrong then and it's wrong now. This shows how the government is taking real action to help people remain in employment or get new jobs.”