The European Union has made money available to tackle youth unemployment which will provide around £20m of support for Tees Valley and Durham. Labour MEPs are pushing for the money to flow as quickly as possible.
Clare Moody, Labour's European spokesperson on the budget has introduced an amendment which would ensure that the funds are used effectively.
The money is part of the Youth Employment Initiative which is a £6bn fund across Europe to make sure that there is help for young people. There is concern across Europe that the economic downturn in 2008 has had an unfair impact on young people. The scheme is the biggest youth employment initiative the EU has delivered. The programme is designed to be delivered locally to make use of local knowledge.