I'm delighted that the Job Start Payment is now open for applications. It will support 16-24 year olds into work, if they have been unemployed for six months. The upper age limit rises to 25 for care leavers and the payment increases to £400 if the person has a child. It's estimated around 5,000 young people will benefit over the next 12 months.

Young people's job prospects have been badly hit...

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