By Daniel Hunter

The London Assembly has called on the Mayor to embrace an economic policy designed to boost jobs and support economic recovery in the capital.

The motion, agreed by Assembly Members, expressed support for last Saturday’s TUC march and urges him to fulfil his manifesto commitment to create 200,000 jobs over four years and build an employment legacy in the Olympic boroughs and beyond.

National long term unemployment figures are at their highest for sixteen years, while youth unemployment hovers around 21%. In communities such as Hackney, 34% of 16-24 year olds are currently unemployed.

“The TUC march on Saturday was about positive opportunities and a positive alternative, especially for young Londoners. As things stand we risk a generation of young people who can’t access work and can’t afford education," Fiona Twycross AM, who proposed the motion, said.

“Despite his election pledge to create 200,000 new jobs in 4 years, the Mayor is presiding over a city where one in four young people are out of work and yet he continues to cut police and fire jobs across London.

“At a previous Mayor’s Question Time he told this chamber that government and mayors do not create jobs. He needs to think again. One thing this government and mayor can and must do is build an environment in which jobs can flourish.”

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