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Awards for jobless

Discretionary awards paid out by councils could be spent on courses for the unemployed in an attempt to cut dole queues, local authority leaders said this week.

They called for more money to be put into further education in an attempt to offer real help to jobless teenagers.

They believe cash could be targeted either through individual colleges or through the discretionary awards system on the condition that it goes to people to spend on fees.

The idea is being mooted by Graham Lane, education chair of the Local Government Association, who said: "It is about targeting money on people who are unemployed, getting them on to courses and into jobs."

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