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Brown to improve youth employment pledge

2nd September 2009

Gordon Brown is expected to improve his pledge to provide guaranteed jobs for those aged between 18 and 24 years old.

The prime minister is set to extend the scheme to anyone out of work for more than ten months, rather than the year initially proposed.

He is expected to make his announcement at the Backing Young Britain summit in Birmingham later today.

The government's Future Jobs Fund has been designed to create around 150,000 new jobs, allowing local authorities and organisations to bid for a share of the GBP 1 billion fund to offer new employment.

Figures recently published by the Office of National Statistics indicate that the number of households where no parent works increased by 170,000 in the three months to June, compared to the same period in 2008.

This reflects a 1.1 percentage point increase, which brings the national proportion of unemployed households to 16.9 per cent.

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