Bolton to benefit from job fund boost 

31/07/09

Bolton Council has received notification of funding totalling up to £2.5m to create as many as 386 new jobs.

The jobs will be created over 18 months in areas of public service ranging from street repairs, housing refurbishment, work in galleries and museums, and in the care sector. The first opportunities should become available in October.

The money used to create jobs in public services is in addition to the normal levels of spending by the council.

Bolton’s boost comes as a result of the government awarding some £52m to create as many as 8,000 jobs across Greater Manchester over the next two years.

The funding comes from the Future Jobs Fund announced in the chancellor's Budget statement in March, and was awarded by the Department of Work and Pensions as part of the new Young Person’s Guarantee.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “This funding is a great opportunity for young people across the borough. The increased employment opportunities will help Bolton to remain in a very healthy state through difficult financial times and form part of the government’s new Backing Young Britain campaign.

“It is now crucial that we use the funds to create work in the right areas to make a real improvement to Bolton’s public services.”

The Bolton submission is part of an Association of Greater Manchester Authorities wide bid, coordinated by the Commission for the New Economy.

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