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Nottingham City Homes signs open letter to Boris

Kick start the economy by investing in jobs and people.

Nottingham City Homes, along with over 200 other organisations across the UK, has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister that calls on the Government to publicly commit to a new Opportunity Guarantee.

The UK is experiencing the biggest economic crisis in 300 years, and today (Tuesday 16 June), latest figures are expected to show the highest rate of unemployment in over 100 years.

The new Opportunity Guarantee scheme, backed by some of the UK’s biggest employers, would help to kick start the UK’s economic recovery by investing in jobs of the future, helping people access the jobs market, and providing opportunities for young people.

 The open letter, signed by organisations including The Prince’s Trust, Heathrow Airport and Asda as well as universities, housing organisations and charities, has political backing from Metro Mayors Steve Rotheram (Liverpool City Region), Dan Jarvis (Sheffield City Region) and Jamie Driscoll (North of Tyne Combined Authority).

Commenting on the open letter, Lord Bob Kerslake said: “The message to Government is clear – with the Jobs retention Scheme winding up, we must invest in an Opportunities Guarantee. We need to create opportunities for people to skill up, and have a guaranteed role in our economic recovery, and we must put these plans in place now.”  

Jo Miller, Employability Manager at Nottingham City Homes, said: “We’re very aware of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected our residents economically, with many being furloughed or losing their jobs altogether. We’re getting behind the Opportunity Guarantee to help support residents into work, and to create opportunities to open up a more vibrant economy from which we will all benefit.”