House of Lords visit to tackle youth unemployment

By on 18/12/2013 in Cllr Ali, News

Members of the House of Lords visited Birmingham City Council as part of the local authority's bid to reduce youth unemployment.

Council officers gave evidence at the House of Lords select committee on internal market, infrastructure and employment in November and this follow-up visit  looked at how address youth unemployment via the EU and Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, and the committee's chairman Baroness Detta O'Cathain, lead discussions on a number of relevant issues, including those related to the Birmingham Commission on Youth Unemployment.

The delegation also met a group of young people from diverse backgrounds who will share their experiences.

Councillor Ali said: “I'm really pleased this level of interest has been shown by the House of Lords select committee. The city council is doing great work, with the help of partners here in Birmingham to reduce youth unemployment, but we can do much more, with the support of government agencies and through the use of central government powers.

“I said to the delegation that if Government gives us the tools then we can finish the job. We want to use devolved powers to build an integrated and more effective approach to support our young people into work; better align current budgets; and agree a protocol that allows us to better share data to help individual job seekers. The council in turn can then put more powers into the hands of district committees, local employers and parents.”

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