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News - 17 February 2015

Unemployed young 'should do community work'

In a speech David Cameron has set out Conservative plans to shake up the welfare system, if they win the election, for about 50,000 18-21-year-olds, who, if out of work, education or training for six months will have to do unpaid community work to get benefits.

The scheme will involve about 30 hours a week of mandatory community work, such as making meals for older people.

In sharp contrast to this, Labour has pledged a jobs guarantee for the unemployed young.

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator comments:
“Those aged between 18 and 21 who have not been in employment, education or training ("Neets") for six months would no longer receive Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA). Instead, they would be paid the Youth Allowance, paid at the same rate as JSA (£57.35 a week). However, in order to receive it they would be required to carry out 30 hours a week of mandatory community work from day one of their claim.

The Conservatives have also pledged to cap benefits further, cutting the maximum benefits a household can claim a year from £26,000 to £23,000, to fund three million apprenticeships if they win the general election in May.

David Cameron says his reforms aim to end long-term unemployment and help youngsters understand "welfare is not a one-way street".

Labour has said it would guarantee young people who have been out of work for a year a six month job, paid for by a tax on bankers' bonuses.

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