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Issue:- 27 June 2013

Ingeus helps 11,000 people into work in the North West on the Work Programme

NEW figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show that Ingeus is helping to get thousands of people back to work in the North West.

Commenting on the news, Barry Fletcher, Director of Ingeus in the North West, said:- "We are really proud to have helped over 11,000 thousand people to get jobs across the North West."

Ingeus Job starts in Year 2 of the Work Programme in the North West = 7,157

Ingeus job starts in the North West on the Work programme since it started = 11,370

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Robert successfully gains high-flying career at Solarfilm

An unemployed man from Astley Village is reaching new heights with his new job as a film maker. However, 21 year old Robert Headley's role is nothing to do with the big screen.

Robert has finally ended a frustrating 12 months of relentless job-seeking by landing a job with Solarfilm, a Chorley business that manufactures colourful adhesive materials used to decorate model aeroplanes.

Supported by Ingeus, which delivers the government's Work Programme in the North West, Robert was given the job-seeking skills and confidence boost needed by his Ingeus employment adviser. And because Ingeus works with employers to understand their recruitment needs and then provides a range of candidates most suitable for vacancies, Robert knew that, when he was called for an interview, he had a real chance of succeeding.  "Over the course of the year, I applied for more than 250 jobs. It was a rollercoaster ride of optimism and disappointment, especially when some companies didn't even acknowledge my CV." 

Robert has been appointed by Solarfilm with support from the government's Youth Contract, which incentivises employers to offer job opportunities to people aged between 18 and 24.

"We have employed young people before, but the prospect of sorting through hundreds of application forms is quite daunting when you're also part of the hands-on production team. This time we worked with Ingeus, which took away the time consuming process and provided its services free of charge.  Ingeus gave me hope that, somewhere, there was a job for me. At a time when I thought there was no future, they helped me find one." said managing director Andrew Hardman.

Robert says he is thoroughly enjoying his job as a machine operator and a product packer. He's learning new skills all the time and has already earned his place as a valued member of Solarfilm's workforce.  "Having a job is so important. As well as earning a wage, I have regained my dignity and self respect, which were starting to ebb away. Ingeus and Solarfilm have helped me restore both."

Local Labour Euro MP disappointed by unambitious EU agriculture agreement

LABOUR'S EU agriculture spokesperson, Brian Simpson MEP, has described an agreement on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as a "serious missed opportunity."

Speaking as the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee decided on a range of funding measures for the next seven years, Mr Simpson welcomed some moves towards reform but added that the majority of the proposals were weak and unambitious. The scope of the agreement was decided by the European Parliament's CAP negotiating team and it will face a final vote by all MEPs in the autumn, once the wider EU budget has been finalised.

Mr Simpson said:- "The European Parliament has been debating the future of CAP for some time now. Labour has always maintained that we need to bring an end to inefficient farming and promote sustainable, competitive models that benefit rural communities as well as the wider public. I am pleased that the new agreement has prioritised the need for greater transparency when it comes to spending on agriculture. This is taxpayers money and they have the right to know how it is spent, so members of the public will be able to find out how much beneficiaries of CAP receive and how they are using the funds. But in addition to greater transparency, Labour also proposed a series of radical reforms to ensure that farming in the UK and EU as a whole is modern, green and fit for the future. Unfortunately, we've seen most of these proposals rejected in favour of the status quo."

Labour believes that the funding allocations proposed in the agreement will undo much of the limited agricultural progress already achieved, and has criticised the UK government for not pushing for more reform when the CAP was discussed in the European Council.

Mr Simpson said:- "We've ended up with an agreement between the European Parliament and national governments that is a real step backwards. Its supporter say there will be more money for environmental measures, but in reality I can see few tangible environmental benefits. Frankly, I agree with the many conservation groups that are calling this agreement a 'green wash'.  On top of the limited environmental gains, it is a real shame that there will be even more money spent on production subsidies, or to put it another way - more money wasted on inefficient farming. These are funds that could be much better spent on rural development programmes, to stimulate competitiveness and enhance biodiversity.  Labour supported CAP reforms that would have promoted financial efficiency, environmental protection and investment in our prized rural communities, whilst at the same time rewarding good farming practices. Despite a real opportunity for radical change, we've been left with an un-ambitious agreement that fails to fully reform the CAP."

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