Charities can bid for cash from Future Jobs Fund

DWP will provide £1bn to boost job prospects for long-term unemployed

The Government is urging voluntary sector organisations to bid for funding for new jobs as part of a £1bn fund created to boost the job prospects of the long-term unemployed.

The cash is provided by the Department for Work and Pensions' Future Jobs Fund, which was established to create 150,000 new posts in the UK.

Most of the jobs created will have to go to people aged between 18 and 24 and who are approaching 12 months on unemployment benefits. Funding is limited to £6,500 per job, but funding can be supplemented from other sources.

National sports organisations have already pledged to bid for at least 5,000 jobs for young people. These jobs are expected to help deliver the 2012 Olympics and offer five hours a week of physical education to every child.

James Purnell, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: "We are confident this will be the first of many bids from public and third sector organisations for the £1bn fund that provides salaried jobs for at least six months.

"I am calling on sports bodies, local councils, third sector groups and others to bid for funding for new jobs and help us make sure that we do not waste the talents of a generation of Britain's young people."

To submit an idea and make a bid for funding, visit www.dwp.gov.uk/campaigns/futurejobsfund.

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