July 2021: News from your local MP Chris Skidmore

June 28 2021

AS the local MP, I hear so many stories about how the past 18 months have been hard for so many – and young people in particular are facing economic and social challenges.
That’s why I welcome the launch of a new youth employment service from South Gloucestershire Council.
The ‘Works4Youth’ service for 16 to 25-year-olds living in South Gloucestershire is free to use and has been created following an increase in youth unemployment due to COVID-19, with numbers of young people and young adults claiming universal credit, not in education, employment or training, having more than doubled since the start of the pandemic.
Part of the Council’s ‘Recover and Rise Budget’ for 2021/22, the service has been funded with £468,000 of investment being successfully secured for its first year – half from the council and half from the government’s Department for Work & Pensions.
Young people can be referred to the service by the DWP but are also able to contact the service directly and self-refer. An employment coach will assess the young person’s needs before agreeing the most appropriate approach for them to secure a suitable opportunity.
For more information on ‘Works4Youth’ visit www.southglos.gov.uk/works4youth online, speak to the SGC support team on 01454 865009 or email works4youth@southglos.gov.uk.
This initiative will help Emersons and Lyde Green’s young people to grab the exciting local opportunities we know are coming – not least in the hi-tech businesses in our local economy.
I was reminded of these when visiting the National Composites Centre at the Science Park, which is the world-leading authority on composites, bringing together and developing the best minds and the best technologies, to solve the world’s most complex engineering challenges. The NCC is next door to the new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems, currently under construction and which will open in the next few months, providing yet more opportunities for local people to help solve global challenges.
Our local infrastructure would also be upgraded under the council’s proposals to improve traffic flow at the A4174 ring road roundabout junctions – similar to the changes currently under construction at the Wraxall Road roundabout.
The consultation is open until August 16 and would inform a bid to be submitted to the government for the required funding.
This funding that the government is potentially making available can only be used to upgrade major roads. You can find out more at consultations.southglos.gov.uk/A4174Improvements.