Youth unemployment in the town has been a problem for some time.
Although it is now 40 per cent lower than when Ben became the town’s MP, there is much more to do. Without training or a job, young people are far more likely to find it hard to get stable employment through the rest of their lives.
As a result, Ben has been asking the government to do more for young people in Ipswich. In October last year, he secured a massive deal: £10 million for skills training, 5,000 new apprenticeships by 2019, a new Youth Job Centre, all of which will help 3,500 young Ipswich epople into a good, well-paid and secure job.
The deal, which Ben made possible, was welcomed by people across Ipswich, including local Labour politicians.