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Westminster council's two-year tenancy bid 'to tackle youth unemployment'

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Westminster's two-year tenancy bid aims to tackle youth unemployment Westminster's two-year tenancy bid aims to tackle youth unemployment

Westminster City Council is to offer two-year social housing tenancies to young people in work or embarking on higher education or training who wouldn't normally be prioritised on the waiting list.

In partnership with Shepherds Bush Housing Group and the InComE Project, the pilot scheme aims to tackle youth unemployment in central London.

At the end of their two-year terms, tenants - who will be given employment support such as mentoring, advice on work schemes and career training - will be supported by the council to move into shared accommodation or intermediate housing.

It follows powers in the Localism Act - which comes into play from next month - which allows councils to offer fixed term tenancies with a minimum of two years.

The candidates, says the council, must be willing to start college, training or be in current employment.

Cllr Jonathan Glanz (pictured), Westminster Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Corporate Property, said: “Youth unemployment is a growing concern and local authorities must think of new and effective ways to tackle the issue.

“We want to help young people take those initial steps towards employment by providing them with shorter and more incentivising tenancies to kick start their careers.

“By providing training and employment advice we can offer young people not only accommodation in central London but an opportunity give something back to the local economy.”

A report released by Acevo, the voluntary and charity groups organisation, states that one in five young people are not in employment, education or training, and a quarter of a million have been unemployed for more than a year.

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