The Humber LEP is asking the government to consider its case after EU stats used to calculate allocation of Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) saw the region ruled out of funding, despite having youth unemployment blackspots.
The Humber LEP is lobbying government to receive some of the £16.4m (19.4m Euros of 194m Euros) of the YEI fund the UK Government is able to allocate outside the areas predefined by the Commission.
The Commission’s use of Eurostat statistics to allocate Youth Employment Initiative funding at NUTS2 level has counted the area out of automatic coverage by showing it to have 22 per cent youth unemployment (below the 25 per cent threshold) when the latest national figures for LEP areas show it is at 28.2 per cent for the Humber, second only to Tees Valley.
When split down to local authority areas within the Humber LEP, youth unemployment rises with Hull having the fifth highest youth unemployment rate in England at 36.6 per cent alongside neighbouring North East Lincolnshire the fourteenth highest with 31.9 per cent.
The Humber LEP area has already deployed Youth Contract effectively, which includes using up the underspend from other areas, as well as making good progress with RGF allocations through its Growing the Humber programme.
Chair of the Humber LEP Lord Haskins said: “Being automatically counted out of funding for something we are in clear need of in the region is disappointing and doubly so because the proposals through our City Deal and Investment Fund Strategy would be able to deploy this additional funding effectively when combined with our current funds.
“However, the government has 10 per cent of funds they can direct to areas outside the predefined area and we hope they will consider our case on this issue.
“We have strong partnerships focussed on tackling youth unemployment and wider education and skills issues and we know we could make a significant contribution to reducing the number of young unemployed with this extra funding.”