Young Unemployed will be Made to do “Community Service” – just like Offenders.
This is the new proposal from the Conservatives: punish the young – again.
Any young person who has failed to find a job after six months on the dole will have to go on a community work scheme.
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.”
The chancellor, George Osborne, said: “It is not acceptable for young people under the age of 21 to go straight from school or on to benefits and into a home paid for through housing benefit – benefit funded by other people who are working.” He said single parents and those coming out of care would be exempt from the exclusion of housing benefit.
Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) is currently worth £50.95 per week for those aged 16 to 24 and £64.30 for those over 25. JSA will be replaced with a six-month allowance, after which claimants will have to do community work if they have failed to find a job or an apprenticeship.
New apprentices will be paid with savings from cutting the welfare benefit. There are currently 150,000 18 to 21-year-olds on JSA.
So, the young unemployed will end up with the same penalty as those doing a “community sentence”
The Mail gives the ‘wage’ that these forced labourers will receive,
The dole, officially called the Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) is currently worth £50.95 per week for those aged 16 to 24 and £64.30 for the over-25s.
Mr Osborne intends to scrap the JSA for 18 to 21s and replace it with a ‘youth allowance’ – set at about the same level as the dole.
But they will only receive it for six months. After that, if they have failed to find a job, apprenticeship or a training scheme, they will have to do community work, such as cleaning up public places, to continue receiving it.
Community sentences can be given for crimes such as:
- damaging property
- benefit fraud
I would add minor drug offences.
Let us remind ourselves of what those sentenced to do “community payback” (for offences) have to do,
Community Payback is unpaid work like:
- removing graffiti
- clearing wasteland
- decorating public places and buildings – for example, a community centre
You will usually work in your local area, and be managed by a Community Payback supervisor. You must wear a high visibility orange vest while you work.
You can expect to complete anything from 40 to 300 hours of Community Payback, depending on how serious your crime was.
You have to work 3 or 4 days each week if you’re unemployed.
The Community Payback work will be arranged outside your working hours if you have a job, eg evenings or weekends.
The sentence for being unemployed after 6 months if you’re under 21 is…..unlimited!
The resentment this will cause is not hard to imagine.
Unlike National Service it will not apply to everyone.
Just the poor.