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MPs open windfarm off Lincolnshire coast

Ambitious plans to make the UK the "cutting-edge green economy in the world" have been announced by Ministers during a visit to Grimsby this afternoon.

They were set out by the Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg and Energy Secretary Ed Davy as they formally opened Centrica Energy's £1 billion Lincs offshore wind farm, five miles off the coast of Skegness.

The Lincs farm is able to produce enough electricity to meet the needs of 200,000 homes-equivalent to two thirds of all homes in Lincolnshire.

In the next few years there'll be offshore wind farms stretching from Bridlington in North Yorkshire to Skegness and Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire.


NEETS: facts and figures

  • A Neet costs around £56,000 in public finance and £104,000 in resource costs over the lifetime of a person who was a Neet between the age of 16-18
  • In Yorkshire and the Humber there are an estimated 7,110 Neets, 6.1% of the 16-17 year old population
  • The Youth Contract will provide over £1 billion of funding over the next three years.
  • 250,000 work experience placements will be created over the next three years.
  • 20,000 incentive payments worth £1500 will be given to employers to take on youngsters as apprentices.

New details of Youth Contract revealed in Rotherham

Nick Clegg is in Rotherham today to explain the next steps in his scheme to tackle the problem of young people not in education, employment or training.

His initiative, called the Youth Contract, is worth £126 million and aims to tackle the 55,000 16-17 year old so called Neets.

Disengaged young people often have complex problems that act as a barrier to getting them learning again, which the Government alone can't deal with. But very often local charities and businesses know what's going to help them.

– Nick Clegg

In Yorkshire, ex-soldiers will deliver motivational sessions to disengaged youngsters through the Heroes to Inspire campaign.