MORE than £1.4 million is to be invested in Barnsley to tackle long-term youth unemployment.

People between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been unemployed for more than six months will be the primary focus of the scheme.

The combined £1.08m funding, from Sheffield and Leeds city regions, will see the council also invest £330,000 itself to try to reduce the amount of young adults - thought to be around 1,800 - who claim Jobseeker's Allowance.

Money will be spent on the creation of an 'employment support hub', which will see a mentor offer guidance to jobseekers throughout the process of gaining employment.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for children, young people and families, said: "The programme will give us a real opportunity to influence how training and employment skills are delivered, and improve opportunities and outcomes for Barnsley young people and their communities."