David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

Labour MEP attacks government failure to tackle youth unemployment

The UK government is refusing to take advantage of EU funding to tackle youth unemployment, according to Scotland’s senior MEP David Martin.

The UK government is refusing to take advantage of EU funding to tackle youth unemployment, according to Scotland’s senior MEP David Martin.
David Martin welcomed the publication of a House of Lords report today which criticised the government for misdirecting EU money to ineffective projects.
The Lords report called for the UK to adopt the EU's flagship Youth Guarantee Scheme, instead of using the funding for national projects which have 'underperformed'.
"Today's report backs-up what Labour MEPs have been saying for well over a year now" said David Martin.
"EU funding is available and the Youth Guarantee Scheme is already yielding benefits in other countries.
"We have repeatedly called on the coalition government to use the funds as intended and take serious measures to tackle youth unemployment.
"It is a scandal that it has taken so long but I hope they will now act"
The EU Youth Guarantee Scheme uses funding to ensure all young people find work, education or training within four months of being unemployed.
It was launched by the European Commission after immense pressure from Labour MEPs and their centre-left sister parties in the European Parliament.

David Martin said:
"The south of Scotland has been specifically highlighted as a region which merits EU funding to tackle youth unemployment.
"Scottish Labour MEPs have fought for this, the European Commission has finally reacted and now it is time the UK government delivered with this funding by working with local authorities"
The Lords report also specifically highlighted the importance of the free movement of people within the EU to addressing youth unemployment.
"Free movement is a fundamental right and Scots enjoy the benefits of travelling, studying and retiring throughout the EU" said David Martin.
"It is also vital that our young people can take their skills and their desire to work across the UK and EU and take advantage of the jobs which are being created."

1. The House of Lords report can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu---internal-market-sub-committee-b/news/youth-unemployment-in-the-eu-report-and-evidence/
2. Previous press releases on the Youth Guarantee Scheme from the European Parliamentary Labour Party can be found here:

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