York calls for an employment focussed Budget

Chancellor George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne

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ORGANISATIONS across York have been outlining their hopes for today's Budget announcement - calling for a number of measures to boost the city's economy.

Chancellor George Osborne will today open his red briefcase and deliver the 2014 Budget, detailing how the Treasury will continue to work towards reducing the defecit while achieving the Government's goals in supporting business and families.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation believes housing, youth unemployment and the cost of living all need to be addressed, and is calling for a number of measures.

Speaking about the connection between getting people in to work and tackling poverty, Frank Soodeen, public affairs manager at JRF, said: "Assuming that official forecasts prove correct the damage done to household incomes by the recession will still take several more years to repair.

"The Chancellor has previously suggested that achieving a budget surplus by 2018-19 will require a further £12 billion reduction in social security spending after the General Election.

"Should this fall disproportionately on working age benefits, including tax credits, it is difficult to see how a further widespread deterioration in living standards would be avoided unless work was established as a reliable route for people to escape poverty, independently of ongoing state support.

"This requires action both on low pay as well as further measures at the bottom end of the labour market to raise workers' skills, increase employers' demand for such skills and ensure progression opportunities."

Equally in support of an employment focussed budget is the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, which is calling on the Chancellor to answer the criticisms of employers about the lack of work readiness of young people.

York and North Yorkshire Chamber pesident Suzanne Burnett said: “No-one wants to see a lost generation of young people devoid of the skills and aptitudes that are needed to deliver more growth and prosperity. Businesses are telling us with increasing frequency that skills shortages are a problem – it is clear that it is restricting growth.”

The West and North Yorkshire chamber has backed a number of calls made by the British Chamber including asking for a two year extension to the Apprenticeships Grant for Employers, and increasing tax relief from 30 per cent to 50 per cent for investors in businesses run by under 24's.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is seeking a Budget for enterprise.

Simon Williams, North Yorkshire FSB regional chairman, said: "FSB research continues to show increased confidence across all sectors and notably in members' investment and employment intentions.

"With the recovery underway it is important that businesses begin to feel the measures already announced are having a positive effect on their business. This is why the Chancellor should look at 'focus and delivery' for initiatives already announced to create long-term growth.

"The FSB has welcomed the Government's recent moves to support employment, notably the Employment Allowance and a pledge to cut red tape. The focus now needs to be on addressing fundamental structural issues. Getting more competition and transparency in key sectors such as energy and financial services will greatly help small firms."

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12:15pm Wed 19 Mar 14

markymmark says...

Apart from stating the obvious or repeating other peoples views what does the JRF actually do ?
Apart from stating the obvious or repeating other peoples views what does the JRF actually do ? markymmark
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12:27pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bloodaxe says...

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is a British social policy research and development charity, that funds a UK-wide research and development programme. It seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice. JRF works by funding research and taking forward the lessons learned, engaging with policy-makers and practitioners to develop better alternatives. It is politically neutral and independent from all UK political parties. The current Chief Executive of JRF is Julia Unwin.
JRF works in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). JRHT provides housing, care homes, retirement and supported housing, and demonstrates new approaches in these areas. It manages more than 2,000 homes, roughly half of which are in New Earswick, York. The remainder are in the City of York and surrounding areas. JRHT also provides retirement and supported housing services in York and other parts of north-east England.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is a British social policy research and development charity, that funds a UK-wide research and development programme. It seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.[1] JRF works by funding research and taking forward the lessons learned, engaging with policy-makers and practitioners to develop better alternatives. It is politically neutral and independent from all UK political parties. The current Chief Executive of JRF is Julia Unwin. JRF works in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).[2] JRHT provides housing, care homes, retirement and supported housing, and demonstrates new approaches in these areas. It manages more than 2,000 homes, roughly half of which are in New Earswick, York. The remainder are in the City of York and surrounding areas. JRHT also provides retirement and supported housing services in York and other parts of north-east England. bloodaxe
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4:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Maquis says...

markymmark wrote:
Apart from stating the obvious or repeating other peoples views what does the JRF actually do ?
They shout loudly from the left and want more socialism.
[quote][p][bold]markymmark[/bold] wrote: Apart from stating the obvious or repeating other peoples views what does the JRF actually do ?[/p][/quote]They shout loudly from the left and want more socialism. Maquis
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5:52pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Is "focussed" the Welsh spelling?
Is "focussed" the Welsh spelling? Buzzz Light-year
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5:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Digeorge says...

I would like a job eventually…..somet
ime!
I would like a job eventually…..somet ime! Digeorge
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9:46am Thu 20 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Digeorge wrote:
I would like a job eventually…..somet ime!
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[quote][p][bold]Digeorge[/bold] wrote: I would like a job eventually…..somet ime![/p][/quote]http://www.jobs.nhs. uk/xi/vacancy/718f05 f427683dbba822a3df01 d6c2a8/?vac_ref=9133 31170&utm_source=Ind eed&utm_medium=organ ic&utm_campaign=Inde ed YorkPatrol
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