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“Earn or learn”: Tories’ ultimatum to young people

In his speech to the Conservative Party conference, David Cameron revealed that young people under the age of 25 would not receive housing or unemployment benefit if they are not in work, education or training.

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The plan would save almost £2 million a year and is aimed at the million young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Along with the Conservatives’ newly announced Help to Work scheme, it appears to form part of the party’s strategy to combat long term unemployment and make the welfare system better value for money.

As a policy solution however, the Director of Research at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) calls David Cameron’s proposal “way off target.”

Clive Lewis, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Norwich South, is equally sceptical. He said: “The vast majority of young people who find themselves as NEET do not do so voluntarily.

“What young people need is access to benefits separate from adult welfare that enables them to complete their education and gain experience in the labour market, while preventing unemployment or inactivity.”

According to the Director at the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion, less than one in four workless young people claim housing benefit, while one in eight claim unemployment benefit.

08/10/2013

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