NICK Bent, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Warrington South, has welcomed his party’s plans to tackle youth unemployment.

Ed Miliband along with Ed Balls and Rachel Reeves announced plans that will see every young person who has been out of work for more than 12 months given a paid starter job.

If they choose not to take up the role they will lose their benefit.

Here in Warrington there are 575 people aged between 16 and 24 who are out of work.

Nick Bent said: “Every young person deserves a chance to get on in life and make the most of their talents and only Labour will make sure they get that chance.”

The compulsory jobs guarantee will also apply to adults aged 25 or over claiming jobseeker’s allowance for two years or more and will be funded for the whole of the next Parliament by bringing back a tax on bank bonuses and restricting pensions tax relief for people earning more than £150,000.