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Deputy Prime Minister announces Youth Contract funding for cities

25 November 2013

Some major cities in England will receive funding from the Youth Contract to use over the next three years to help young people into lasting employment. The largest award, £5.9 million, is to Liverpool, with £5.8 million to Manchester, but funding also includes £5 million for Sheffield City Region, £4.6 million for Leeds and £4 million for Birmingham.

Nick Clegg talking to a young person in trainingLast week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Cities Minister Greg Clark announced this funding, to help more than 25,000 young people into sustainable jobs.

Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues for the coalition to tackle. This money will go straight to people who know their city or region best, giving people locally the ability to invest in young people and the future prosperity of the city.

The funding will be used to help young unemployed people in ways that suit the needs of local employers. This can include addressing skills gaps, improving training, offering more support and working with local employers to offer more jobs and apprenticeships.

Nick Clegg said, "Helping young people succeed is crucial to our economic recovery. That is why I am pleased to announce this cash for cities to invest in getting more young people into jobs. This is a multi-million pound cash boost for the future prosperity of our young workforce and, making our society fairer so that everyone has the chance to get on in life."

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