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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Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...