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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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services: Acute Beds (12 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many acute mental health beds there were in the NHS in England in each year since 2009.
Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Psychiatry: Consultants (12 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2018 to Question 158215 on Psychiatry: Consultants, how many Consultant Psychiatrists were employed in the NHS in each year since 2009, and how many FTE Consultant Psychiatrists were employed in the NHS in England in each year since 2009.