Welfare reforms aimed at ending youth unemployment announced by David Cameron
- 29 Sep
David Cameron has announced new a plan for new welfare reforms which will see young people unable to receive housing benefit and job seekers allowance in a bid to reduce youth unemployment.
Currently Jobseeker's allowance is worth £50.95 a week for people aged between 16 to 24 and £64.30 for those over the age of 25. The new reforms will see JSA replaced with a six-month allowance, after which claimants will have to do community work if they've failed to find a job or apprenticeship, reports the Guardian.
Cameron said on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: "At heart I want us effectively to abolish youth unemployment. I want us to end the idea that aged 18 you leave school, go and leave home, claim unemployment benefit and claim housing benefit. We should not be offering that choice to young people. We should be saying to people you should be earning or learning. We are not talking about those people with children. This is about single people aged 18 to 21. You can start a life on dependency and that is no life at all, that is no future for your children when you do have them. We are saying save the money, make sure after six months every one of those young people has to do a job or in training and use the savings to provide three million apprentices".
He defended the cut to the welfare cap, arguing that a better education system and welfare reform was one of the best ways to lower immigration. "All the evidence is the cap is too loose, particularly in some parts of the country, so bringing it down saves money, will mean more families getting into work, and what I want to see - the plan we have for Britain - is to spend less money on welfare and more on helping people into work."
Chris Goulden, the head of poverty research at the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: "Providing routes to secure, well-paying work is the right approach to reducing poverty. But this should not come at the expense of people in receipt of out-of-work benefits."
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