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Gordon Brown calls for £100-a-week wage subsidy to help hire under-25s

Former Labour prime minister’s proposal part of plan to prevent spike in youth unemployment

The former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for employers to be given a wage subsidy of £100 a week to hire workers under 25 as part of a plan to prevent youth unemployment exceeding levels seen in the 1980s.

Brown said 1.5 million young people would need help to find work over the next year, adding the government’s £2bn ”kickstart” scheme announced in the summer would not be sufficient.

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