Thursday, March 29, 2007

No Olympic joy for poor Londoners

THE LONDON Assembly last week warned that the promised jobs boom from the 2012 Olympics, to be held in London’s East End, may not materialise.
Thousands of new jobs and training opportunities have been promised but they may not go to local people.
A report from the Assembly’s economic, development, culture, sport and tourism committee has raised questions about how many jobs will go to people living in the five London boroughs that will host the games, where around a quarter of the 720,000 people of working age have no qualifications and over 60 per cent are unemployed.
Dee Doocey, who chairs the committee, said: “We need to get this right from the very start, or we risk losing the truly life-changing potential of the games for people. This would be an unforgivable betrayal of people in the area of London that has been characterised by deprivation for generations.
“The last thing we need is a new Docklands where many of the newly-created jobs did not benefit local people.”