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Former Labour minister denounces Future Jobs Fund abolition

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities

Former Labour minister denounces Future Jobs Fund abolition Former Labour minister denounces Future Jobs Fund abolition

Plans to wind up one of the previous government's flagship job creation schemes were today denounced by Labour as a "shameful decision by a gang of millionaires".

Shadow Scottish secretary Jim Murphy accused the Government of "turning its back" on the unemployed in Scotland.

He attacked the decision by Chancellor George Osborne to cancel further payments from the future jobs fund as part of the £6 billion cuts package announced shortly after the new Government came into office.

At question time in the Commons, Mr Murphy claimed the Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, was in a "minority" as he was "one of the few non-millionaires sitting round the Cabinet table".

He asked: "Shouldn't there now be an independent commission looking into the abolition of the future jobs fund?

"Will you now support an independent commission ... into the impact of the shameful decision by a gang of millionaires to turn their back on the unemployed of Scotland?"

Mr Moore replied: "I reject your analysis of the situation.

"Like you I care very deeply about the unemployment in Scotland and anywhere else in the UK, not least amongst young people.

"The reality is that the future jobs fund was set up on an unsustainable basis and what we need to do is to ensure we get a sustainable basis for the future of youth unemployment support.

"Those proposals will come forward in very close order.

"Before you set up too many scare stories, existing bids will be honoured under the future jobs fund."

The fund was set up to provide 200,000 jobs to young people and paid at least the minimum wage for at least six months.

The decision to end future payments into the fund has been criticised by Labour's Frank Field, who has been appointed poverty adviser to the Government.

He has described it as one of the previous government's "most precious initiatives", which acted as a lifeline for the unemployed.

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