To be young and poor is a criminal act – EmsyBlog

If there’s one group of people that have been repeatedly on the wrong end of the cuts, it’s young people, according to EmsyBlog.

No more EMA, no more youth service. No more Connexions, no more jobs, no housing benefit and now, you’ll be put on workfare if you can’t find a job that doesn’t exist.

The [Conservative Party’s] idea is that 18-21 year olds will have 6 months to find a job. If they don’t manage to do that, they’ll be put on “Youth Allowance” (which, conveniently is the same amount as JSA – £57.35 a week) and be told they have to undertake 30 hours a week of community service. And 10 hours of job searching. £57.35 a week for 30 hours work comes out at just over £1.90 per hour.

According to the first thing that popped up when I typed “unemployment statistics young people” into Google, 740,000 16-24 year olds were unemployed in the period October to December 2014, 201,000 of which had been unemployed for over 12 months. Let’s take a random shot in the dark and say 500,000 young people would’ve been unemployed for 6 months and therefore required to go on the “Youth Allowance”.

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4 thoughts on “To be young and poor is a criminal act – EmsyBlog

  1. NMac

    I feel that the Tories are itching to be able to re-introduce Workhouses for the poor, both young and old. Their selfish greed knows no bounds.

  2. Steve

    If it happens I wonder how long it will be before the upper age limit (21) moves upwards to subsume older members of the unemployed and make their lives even more of a misery?

  3. chriskitcher

    What I find difficult to understand is that why as a supposedly caring society we allow such thoughts even to be given credence let alone supported. It just shows what a sick a greedy society we have by our inaction allowed to grow like a cancer.

  4. Mark McIntyre

    Im curious how much more of this people will accept…
    Those companies and charities giving ‘workfare’ placements will be boycotted, not only that, but if you were a business, would you rather pay £1.90 per hour of £6.51 per hour?
    I would say the same people who are sacked as full employees will then be welcomed back on the slave labour scheme…

    This wont increase job opportunities, this will massively increase unemployment, poverty and the widen the gap even more…

    And yet, so many people view this as a good idea because right now it will only effect the vulnerable people that the media has vilified.

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