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CLA welcomes youth training initiative
Monday 17 June

A Government initiative to provide help with transport, jobs and training for young people in the countryside has been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Commenting on a report that Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is backing the plan, the Yorkshire regional director of the CLA, Dorothy Fairburn, said: "Creating opportunities for young people in the countryside is something we have been advocating for some time.

"It is high time that young people see the countryside as a place to work and where they can build a future," said Miss Fairburn. "We do, however, need a vibrant and profitable rural economy where enterprise is encouraged.

"Investment does create jobs but we need the right conditions for investment to take place. We must tackle the red tape which stifles business and the Government needs to introduce planning policies which support diversification and development."

She added: "A raft of measures is needed to secure a healthy rural economy but they will work only if the Government recognises the interconnected and diverse nature of thousands of rural businesses, and that the rural economy is a powerful force for growth, opportunity, and prosperity.

"The Treasury needs to seize this initiative and allocate money in the pending review to provide the training for young people in the countryside."

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