Unemployment is still unacceptably high in Croydon North, and higher than in surrounding areas. We need more action to get people back to work and to give hope back to our young people. There’s a great opportunity with the massive £5bn regeneration programme our Labour council has unveiled for Croydon. This will help create over 23,000 new jobs – jobs we must prioritise for local people, and that means helping people get the training and skills they need to take them up.
Steve hosted a Jobs Fair for Croydon North at Croydon College, delivering his number one promise from the by-election six months earlier. He also organised an unemployment summit, bringing together leaders from business, the community and local public services to find innovative new ways to tackle unemployment and get people back to work. Many are now taking part in a community-led employment project called Backr that helps unemployed people find work.
Steve is hosting a reception in Parliament for the major investors coming to Croydon and has called on them to set up a jobs brokerage to make sure local people benefit from the thousands of new jobs coming to Croydon as part of the Labour Council’s regeneration scheme.