Blunkett calls for youth training

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the economy, House of Lords reform and youth unemployment were all raised as concerns by David Blunkett during a speech in Parliament.

Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP Mr Blunkett spoke in a House of Commons debate.

The Labour politician criticised Germany for ‘forcing’ austerity within the Eurozone and added that ‘fiscal austerity not merely as a mantra but built into future policies would be disastrous’. He also rapped the Government for a ‘total lack of focus on future skills’.

Mr Blunkett called for some of the £1 billion Youth Contract funding - which aims to subsidise employers to provide traineeships, to be spent on ‘preparing young people who have been out of work for a long time to take the jobs that are on offer’.

He said: “Their soft skills and social skills, as well as their ability to get up in the morning, turn up for work and be a regular employee, are undermined by the length of time spent unemployed.”

Mr Blunkett also urged ministers to drop reform of the Lords.