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Birmingham manifesto - employment and education

May 1, 2014 4:14 PM

Employment and education

Before the recession repeated projects to tackle the city's high unemployment rate demonstrated very little success. Coalition government policy to reward people better for going to work - rather than claiming benefits- has helped contribute to sharply falling unemployment rates. For instance the number of people in Birmingham claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in February 2014 was 7,865 lower than in February 2013 (49,504).

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We must recognise the difficulties in getting many of the long-term unemployed into employment. In some instances there may be resistance to joining the formal economy, in others there are underlying problems of disability and self-confidence.

We would expect the Local Enterprise Zone and the Greater Birmingham LEP to have an increased emphasis on tackling and preventing long term joblessness.

We support a joined up approach between the council and the Jobcentre putting in place access to employment schemes, such as our proposed "gain work experience as a volunteer" scheme.

We believe there is a great deal of educational good practice within the city, often unrecognised as schools and colleges pursue government targets. We would support expansion of literacy and numeracy schemes, not necessarily linked to GCSE attainment, for those for whom it is appropriate.

The council is responsible for the appointment of many school governor posts. We would tighten the appointment process.

During the coalition administration of 2004-2012, the council developed inclusive policies for RE and relationships and sex education, both recognising cultural and faith differences whilst affirming basic values. We would expect the curriculum of LEA schools to reflect these policies whilst encouraging other schools and those responsible for their supervision to ensure they also adopt them.