Miliband Plans Benefit Cuts for Young Jobless

Unemployed youngsters should have their benefits withdrawn if they refuse to undergo training in vital skills, Ed Miliband will announce.

The Labour leader is set to call for 18 to 21-year-olds to be given a “youth allowance” instead of out-of-work benefits.

But the money will require them to sign up to learn key skills, and youngsters would not be eligible if their parents are relatively well off.

The proposals, which will be revealed in a speech to think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), would also see Labour increase the rate of contributory Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) for those who worked for a significant period before they became unemployed.

Mr Miliband will say: “We can’t just hope to make do and mend and we can’t just borrow and spend money to paper over the cracks.

“It is a principle deeply felt by the British people that people should get something back for all they have put in and not get something for nothing.

“The next Labour government will change the way JSA operates to make sure that someone who has been working for years and years and paying in to the system gets more help if they lose their job than someone who has been working for just a couple of years.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has already suggested preventing the under-25s from receiving benefits unless they are “earning or learning”.

But Mr Miliband will propose scrapping out-of-work benefits for those aged 18 to 21 and replacing them with a “youth allowance” at the same value – around 57 a week.

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19 June 2014 | 6:37 am – Source: orange.co.uk
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