FJF WORKED – AND CORNWALL BENEFITED

26 November 2012

Here’s one I made earlier.

I wrote in that post that the Tory Libdem decision in May 2010 to abolish the Future Jobs Fund (FJF), which created 650 job placements in Cornwall, was wrongheaded and “sadly in a while, too late to do any good, the Tory-Libdems will agree”.

I don’t know whether they agree now and I don’t suppose they will say so out loud or apologise but the unevidenced abolition has been shown to be wrongheaded. The Department for work and pensions (DWP) has quietly published a report Impacts and costs and benefits of the Future Jobs Fund that points to the FJF not ineffective, as the Tory Libdems claimed, but successful. Writing about the report, Jonathan Portes of the National institute of economic and social research (NIESR) says, “the impact of the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) on the chances of participants being employed and/or off benefit was substantial, significant and positive.” The cost-benefit analysis in the report suggests that the FJF gave sterling gains for participants, employers, and society.

I think the Labour government 1997-2010 had a chiaroscuro record, a curate’s egg. However, among its excellent achievements was the Future Jobs Fund and its work placements for young people and consequent opportunities for them to acquire skills and experience. Among the damaging stupidities of the Tory-Libdems is their abolition of the FJF.

Notes
Abolition of the Future Jobs Fund announced by George Osborne, Tory chancellor, and David Laws, Libdem chief secretary of the Treasury, 24 May 2010

“The government was right to abolish the Future Jobs Fund”: Danny Alexander, Libdem chief secretary of the Treasury, Hansard 6 December 2011 column 295W.

Labour motion attacking the cuts of the emergency budget; inter alia the motion “condemns the government’s decision to ax the Future Jobs Fund” Hansard 7 July 2010 column 390 onwards. All six Cornwall MPs voted against the Labour motion and for the government amendment.

Labour debate on the abolition of the Future Jobs Fund with a motion stating “the government was wrong to cancel the Future Jobs Fund” and calling for an “independent assessment of the Future Jobs Fund” Hansard 16 February 2011 column 973 onwards. All six Cornwall MPs voted against the motion.


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