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Cindy Matthews: Increase in the Number of Young People Not in Employment, Education or Training in Swindon

Overall March 2013 shows an increase of young people who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) to 7.6% compared with a national average of 5.6%. This difference is in the main attributable to 18 year olds in Swindon. For 18 year old group, the NEET level was at 12.4% (331 young people) in Swindon compared with 7.9% nationally and 10% in Swindon in March 2012.

Cindy Matthews: What Are Your Views On Secondary School Options to Meet Growing Demand in Swindon?

Swindon Borough Council has agreed on the 12th June to consult over future options to meet the growing demand for more secondary school places in future years. According to Council projections, by 2018 at the latest, Swindon will be short of pupil places in its secondary schools. These projections are based on the Wichelstowe development in South Swindon continuing to expand, as well as new housing developments at Commonhead, Tadpole Farm and to the East of Swindon.

Swindon Borough Consultation on Council School Admission Arrangements

Swindon Borough Council are running a consultion on the processes and arrangements by which children will be admitted to all schools in the normal point of entry for September 2014-15, and for the Admissions Policy’s for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in Swindon for the 2014-15 academic year. 

Campaigning for youth facilities and action on youth unemployment

Better youth facilities are one of our top priorities.

  • New Youth Facilities: Last year we opened new Youth Club serving Parks and we will continue to support this important project.
  • Park North: We have allocated money to create new children’s football pitches on Buckhurst Fields and are pressing for new facilities for Park North
  • West Walcot: We worked with the community to repaint Lainesmead Play Area.

Unemployment - A Very Real Problem for Young People in South Swindon

According to data released by the Office of National Statistics July 2012 saw a huge increase in long term unemployment of young people in the 18-24 age group in South Swindon – a rise of a whopping 800% when compared with July 2011.

Norway, Our Thoughts Are With You

One year on from the tragic attacks in Olso and on an AUF summer camp being held on Utoya island our thoughts and best wishes are with our friends and comrades in Norway, and with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in such a senseless way.

Britains Lost Talent - More Jobs for the Young

Labour understands that Britain has a responsibility to safeguard the future of the next generation and give them the support they need to make the most of their potential.

With one in five young people unemployed, the EMA scrapped and the trebling of tuition fees, there is a real danger that the talent of the younger generation will be lost.

We are calling on the Tory-led Government to create thousands of new apprentice places with “Jobs for Contracts” – a plan which would require any company wanting to provide goods or services to the public sector to have an apprenticeship scheme.

Osborne's plan A is still not working for young people as unemployment rises.

Mass unemployment destroys the social morale of communities and forcing young people who have completed their training for work to remain idle is Tory politics of the vilest nature. It leads to disillusionment and rings true of Thatcher's “laissez faire” leave it to the market approach. In Swindon young people need know that Tory policies are not working for them and only Labour has new ideas to tackle youth unemployment.

Labour's solution to Osborne's failed plan A and Cameron's Tory laissez faire attitude to young people will be to tax bankers bonuses and create 100,000 jobs for young people.

People still fear for their job security as redundancies climb. The Office of National Statistics reports that there were 164,000 redundancies in September to November 2011, up 14,000 on the previous quarter and 5,000 on the year. When will Osborne ditch his plan A and accept that it isn't working?

Tory Sure-Start cuts are selling our young short

Swindon Borough Council has been accused by Swindon’s Labour Group Leader of letting down the town’s young children after proposing more than £150,000 worth of cuts to Swindon’s children’s centres. These cuts were part of the administration’s budget proposals back in November and will be on top of the £50K cut from Swindon’s Sure Start this year.

Great Day for South Swindon Young Labour at Swindon College Freshers' Fair

Young Labour supported by Anne Snelgrove attended the Swindon College Freshers' Fair on Wednesday 7th September.

It was a fantastic event and we met some amazing students studying everything from business Studies to beauty Therapy and Motor Mechanics  to Childcare.

So many students are worried now more than ever about the loss of EMA and it's effect on their ability to buy materials (especially for vocational courses) and pay for transport.  With part time jobs in Swindon being so scarce most of the students we spoke to are at a loss as to what the Tory-led government expect them to do in order to stay in education.

We also added many names to Labour's britain's Lost Talent petition and got some wonderful feedback from students about what matters to them!


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