Labour plan would see young jobless stripped of benefits if they refuse training

JOBLESS young people will be stripped of benefits if they refuse to go on training schemes, under tough new Labour plans.

Ed Miliband will announce today (Thursday) that a new “youth allowance” will be introduced for 18 to 21–year olds not in work or education, if his party wins power.

But only young people who are undertaking training will be eligible for the allowance which will also be means-tested – in a crackdown on those tempted by “a life on benefits”.

Mr Miliband will criticise the “injustice” of the current system, because it denies support to young people who are doing more than 16 hours-a-week training or further education.

And he will say: “The perversity of the system means that the one thing we most discourage those young people from doing is getting the skills they need for a decent career.

“The system is telling them that they should sign on for benefits, not sign up for proper training.”

Around 100,000 young people – seven out of ten claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – have low skills, but are prevented by benefit rules from training while looking for jobs, he will say.

The plan is a centrepiece of a ‘Condition of Britain’ report put forward by the left-leaning IPPR think-tank, outlining 20 policy ideas that could feature in Labour's election manifesto.

Mr Miliband will also unveil plans to hike JSA by up to £30-a-week for people have “paid into the system” by working for many years.

This “contributory JSA” – harking back to the aims of the original welfare state – would be funded by making claimants wait longer to become eligible for the higher rate, perhaps five years.

And Mr Miliband also confirmed plans to allow local councils to negotiate lower rents with landlords through ‘bulk purchasing’ and keep some of the savings from lower housing benefit.

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11:15pm Wed 18 Jun 14

spragger says...

Blimey Labour getting tough?
Or the result of a focus group?
Blimey Labour getting tough? Or the result of a focus group? spragger
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6:07am Thu 19 Jun 14

BMD says...

It was Labour whom opened the flood gates for immigration without training the next generation.

Instead of hammering the young jobless by stripping benefits, Labour / Tory / Libs or Ukip should be ensuring employers have a ratio of 5 to 1 Youth training. (For every 5 immigrants employed - 1 indigenous trainee. A ratio of 20%)

That will eventually help return the UK to a skilled workforce.
It was Labour whom opened the flood gates for immigration without training the next generation. Instead of hammering the young jobless by stripping benefits, Labour / Tory / Libs or Ukip should be ensuring employers have a ratio of 5 to 1 Youth training. (For every 5 immigrants employed - 1 indigenous trainee. A ratio of 20%) That will eventually help return the UK to a skilled workforce. BMD
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10:17am Thu 19 Jun 14

DURHAM CITY says...

Labour who failed with the Education system haha muppets
Labour who failed with the Education system haha muppets DURHAM CITY
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11:29am Thu 19 Jun 14

punkrocker says...

no money equals more crime. simple. I agree there should be an element of work related activity or training to get benefits but if those under 21 cannot get benefits then those under 21 in paid work should not be taxed either.(like the very rich who avoid tax ha ha)
no money equals more crime. simple. I agree there should be an element of work related activity or training to get benefits but if those under 21 cannot get benefits then those under 21 in paid work should not be taxed either.(like the very rich who avoid tax ha ha) punkrocker
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