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Budget 2009: New Deal of the Mind Press Release
The 2009 Budget Is Nothing Short of A New Deal of the Mind
New Deal of the Mind welcomes the measures laid out by the Chancellor in today’s Budget to help boost innovation and tackle unemployment. Since its inception earlier this year, the New Deal of the Mind coalition (NDotM) has argued that we must act now or risk losing a generation of young people to the recession.
New Deal of the Mind is delighted that Alistair Darling has recognised the need for immediate action to harness the potential of emerging technologies and the creative industries during the downturn.
Martin Bright, founder of NdotM, says:
“We welcome the extra £1.7 billion made available to Jobcentre Plus for the Flexible New Deal programme. The guarantee of a job or training for all under 25s who have been out of work for a year and £260 million in training and subsidies for “industries with strong future demand” are measures entirely in keeping with the spirit of New Deal of the Mind. The £750 million “emerging technologies fund” and help for green technology demonstrate a far-sighted approach to challenges ahead. We look forward to working with the government on concrete proposals to mobilise Britain’s creative and innovative potential.”
The New Deal of the Mind is a coalition of individuals working in business and the creative industries to develop innovative approaches to employment during the downturn. Culture Secretary Andy Burnham and Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell attended the launch of the initiative at Number 11 Downing Street on March 24 and committed themselves to supporting the principles of the New Deal of the Mind.