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City Deal

Volume 569: debated on Wednesday 30 October 2013

Following the successful completion of the first wave of city deals in July 2012 with the “core cities”, the Government committed to work with a further 20 cities and their wider areas to negotiate a second wave of city deals in October 2012.

Over recent months I have been in negotiation with the New Anglia local enterprise partnership, Suffolk county council, Ipswich borough council and the Babergh, Suffolk Coastal and Mid Suffolk district councils. The Greater Ipswich city deal aims to address youth unemployment and to increase the skills level of the local work force. By bringing together the efforts and resources of local businesses, local councils, colleges and the Government it will:

Provide opportunities for every young person in the area to be in education, an apprenticeship or work

Ensure that dedicated support is available to match young people with jobs through a youth jobs centre

Expand the number of jobs and apprenticeships in local businesses

Increase local investment in skills training

Over its lifetime, the New Anglia local enterprise partnership estimates that the deal will ensure:

Over 3,500 young people are supported into work

£10 million of new local investment in skills training will be made by employers and local agencies

5,000 new apprenticeships will be created