Tyburn Ward Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom has condemned Labour councillors for voting down a proposal to extend the help Birmingham Council gives to job projects for the long-term unemployed.
The Council has set up an initiative to subsidise training and apprenticeship costs in a bid to encourage firms to hire some of the city's 15,000 under-25s who are unemployed - 3,000 of those being out of work for more than a year. The Liberal Democrats support this move, in fact part of the funding for the scheme comes from the Coalition government through the National Apprenticeship Service and the Department for Work and Pensions.
At a recent Council meeting, Lib Dem councillors voted to extend the initiative to all long-term unemployed. They also asked Labour to explore other funding sources such as Europe and the Local Enterprise Partnership. Ann Holtom said, "Labour is always blaming the Coalition for not doing enough to help the unemployed yet they are willing to take Lib Dem Coalition government money if it helps them push through their initiatives. Now, despite their claims to be the party that stands up for people who are out of work, they have actually voted against jobs projects for the long-term unemployed."