“Young people need jobs not unpaid labour”: Young Greens blast Conservative Welfare Cuts to Young People

26 February 2015

The Young Greens have criticised the Conservative Party's plans to cut unemployment benefit to 18-21 year olds and force them to do community work if they do not find training (1).

 

Clifford Fleming, Young Green Co-Chair, said:

 

"The Conservatives' proposals to cut unemployment benefit of 18-21 year olds after 6 months are unacceptable. Young people should be paid to work rather than forced exist on £57.35 a week, and Conservative policies are forcing young people into poverty."

 

The Conservative plans will make young people work for 30 hours, unpaid, and then ask them to spend a further 10 hours looking for work.

 

This comes after Labour in 2014 set out new plans to cut Job Seekers Allowance for 18-21 year olds, which will cut £65 million from the welfare budget instead of investing in young people.

 

Thomas French, Young Greens Campaign Officer, said:

 

"What is even more worrying is that both Labour and the Liberal Democrats echo these plans and will make life for young people just leaving education even harder than it is now (2). What young people need is paid work in a supportive workplace which develops them - not unpaid labour."

 

The Green Party Campaigns on a Citizens Income, Free Education and supports a 10:1 pay ratio for workplaces. The Party opposes workfare and forcing young people to work unpaid.

 

Notes:

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/17/unemployed-will-have-to-do-community-work-under-tories-says-cameron

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/19/young-people-labour-plans-replace-benefits-training-welfare; http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/oct/03/nick-clegg-lib-dems-workfare