New Deal goes nationwide

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The Independent Online
THE Government's flagship New Deal jobs programme is extended nationwide today in a big drive to tackle youth unemployment. The pounds 3.5bn scheme has been tested in 12 areas of Britain since January, offering jobs, training or education courses to more than 16,000 people aged under 25 who have been on the dole for longer than six months.

The scheme, which is being heavily advertised in newspapers and on television, will be extended from tomorrow to 118,000 long-term unemployed youngsters across the UK.