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Funding boost for youth unemployment in North East

Young people in the North East are to benefit from funding aimed at tackling unemployment.

The money has come from Talent Match, a 100 million pound initiative from the Big Lottery Fund.

Cash has been awarded to two partnerships between charities, councils, employers and colleges in the region.

The North East partnership, led by the Wise Group, and the Tees Valley partnership, led by The Prince's Trust, have each received £50,000.

The partnerships presented their initial plans to the Big judging committee, led by personal films from local, unemployed young people.

They have now received development funding to draw up detailed plans for assessment later in the year.

Talent Match initiative puts charities at the heart of the partnerships, which will use lottery funding to help give those aged 18 to 24 and furthest from the jobs market, skills and opportunities.

"The key to Talent Match is making sure young people have a meaningful influence on how the programme helps them. The film clips young people produced were a great example of the skills and passion just waiting to be harnessed.

"With today's announcement we are clearing one of the final hurdles in the race to get desperately needed help to a generation of young people struggling to find employment and a fulfilling career."

– James Turner, Big Lottery Fund head of the North East region

Young drivers priced off the roads as costs soar

A new report has suggested that young drivers are being priced off the roads as the cost of motoring soars. Motoring costs could reach 135 billion pounds by 2023.

Some car owners worry that motoring costs, including petrol and insurance, will double over the next decade to rise up to £4580 per year.

The 'Future of Motoring' report by Auto Trader found that out of those surveyed over half believe that they could not afford to be a first time driver today.

98% also think that the government is not doing enough to support road users of the future.

Almost half of motorists believe they will be forced to reduce the amount they drive and the number of people buying more efficient vehicles is set to increase.

Other trends include car-pooling, with the number of people sharing journeys set to treble as people attempt to reduce costs.