Thanks to widespread public support, Belfast City Council made history on the 6th January 2014 by passing the REAL JOBS NOW motion. It became the first council on these islands to recognise the shortcomings of back to work schemes and commit to set aside fully paid jobs and apprenticeships for the long-term unemployed in all Council contracts.

 

After five months the R2W group asked for a progress report and found out that not one meeting had taken place to progress the policy and deliver jobs on the ground. The group and councillors then met with council officials and got a commitment to bring forward implementation plans over the summer. During that time the group secured the support of, not one, but two Belfast Lord Mayors for their campaign.

 

In August 2014, however, Council officials presented a draft Social Clauses policy which does not deliver on this commitment.

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