Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has welcomed Government plans that encourage small businesses to take on young people as apprentices through a new incentive scheme. As part of the recently announced Youth Contract, local firms in Ipswich and Suffolk will be offered cash incentives of up to £1,500 to take on new 18 – 24-year-old as apprentices.
The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme provides support to small-medium sized businesses with less than 250 employees. This scheme has been made simple for businesses and the amount is more than enough to cover an employer’s National Insurance contributions for employing a young person for a year.
Details of the employers incentive scheme come on the back of encouraging results in a recently published survey carried out by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which found that local manufacturing firms in Suffolk are doing well and taking on more staff. Unemployment has also been falling in Suffolk since December 2011 and fell by 10,000 in March across the East of England.
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
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Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....