£108m Big Lottery Fund for young jobless

Over £100m of lottery funding has been set aside to help young people who have been out of employment, education or training for more than a year.

The Talent Match initiative will target 18 to 24-year-olds in 21 unemployment hotspots across England.

The Big Lottery Fund said it consulted a group of young people on the design of the £108m initiative.

A spokesperson for the fund said Talent Match promised to help "the very hardest to reach" young people.

The Black Country will receive the largest amount from the fund.

Just over £10m will be handed to Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council to help young people not in employment, education or training (Neets).

London, Sheffield and Greater Manchester are due to receive over £9m each from the fund.

Seventeen other areas will receive grants which range from £8.7m to just under £1m.

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