Wage subsidies for firms taking on young workers are to be brought forward in areas with the highest levels of long-term youth unemployment.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Sheffield MP announced that instead of coming in at nine months, the subsidy of £2,275 per person will start at six months. The subsidy, equivalent to half the minimum wage, is part of the Government's £1 billion Youth Contract launched last autumn.
– Nick Clegg
"Three months can make all the difference. When you feel like your banging your head against a brick wall, when you live in an area where opportunities are already few and far between, another 12 weeks of rejection letters, of being cut off, of sitting at home waiting, worrying, that can seriously knock the stuffing out of you, making it extremely difficult to pick yourself up.