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Henry Smith MP: Kickstarting the recovery

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As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.

The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.

Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.

The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.

Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.

Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.

Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via: www.gov.uk/kickstart

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith MP: VJ Day – The Forgotten Army must be remembered 75 years on

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VJ Day 75

This Saturday, 15th August, our country will come together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day.

At 11am, the country will fall silent as we remember and give thanks to all who served in Asia, whose actions ultimately brought a final end to the Second World War.

I am looking forward to joining with Crawley Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club and then a dedication service at the Ifield Memorial for an 11am remembrance.

The national focal point of the commemorations will be the two minutes’ silence and a national act of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This will be led by the Prince of Wales and the Prime Minister and attended by veterans of the conflict.

There will also be television broadcasts throughout the day not only showing these events, but telling some of the stories of those who served.

Further details on how the day will be marked, including the accounts of those who were there, information for children and young people, and a range of other resources, are available at: www.ve-vjday75.gov.uk.

The Forgotten Army must be remembered 75 years on.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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