Posts Tagged ‘Youth Unemployment’

Punishing young people financially is the Tory way

by Michael Meacher.

The idea of giving young people aged 18-21 guaranteed access to education or training or help to find work is obviously a good one, but why spoil it by proposing that such persons should receive a means-tested ‘youth allowance’ at a rate perhaps even lower that the current job seeker’s allowance (JSA)? JSA is already paid […]

Unemployment shows we need alternatives to austerity

by Cat Smith.

Today marks the three year anniversary of unemployment breaking the 2 million mark, and figures out today show the 8th consecutive month of rising unemployment. Unemployment jumped by 48,000 in the quarter to December to 2.67 million, a jobless rate of 8.4%, the worst figure since the end of 1995. The Government’s austerity plan is […]

Social class, more than generation, dictates work prospects

by James Bloodworth.

It is very much in vogue at present when talking about young people to refer to them in the context of a generational stitch-up. The post-war generations – or more specifically the ‘baby boomers’ – are said to have left the rest of us high and dry, with little in the way of job prospects […]

Youth unemployment: Young Labour should make its voice heard

by David Osler.

When I was a member of the Labour Party Young Socialists, we prided ourselves on being as much of a pain in the arse to the adult party as was humanly possible. In those rare moments when we were not heatedly discussing finer points of the Transitional Programme and passing resolutions demanding the nationalisation of the […]

Unemployment – a price not worth paying

by Michael Meacher.

The awful rise in joblessness, so long expected, is now under way – not from a base of a million as in the 1980s, but upwards now from a very high platform of 2.5 million already. Yet the Commons exchanges debating this yesterday were disappointing. Osborne, summoning himself up to his full stature of smug […]

Youth unemployment: ‘guaranteed interviews’ are not enough

by David Osler.

Almost one million young people in Britain are out of work. But never fear, employment minister Chris Grayling is determined to get to grips with the crisis. Why, a full 5% of them are to be guaranteed a job interview. At some point in the next two years, anyway. No rush then, mate. If it sounds […]

State dogma of non-intervention keeps 1m young people on the dole

by Michael Meacher.

There is extraordinary muddle-headedness among politicians and commentators alike on what to do about the appalling scandal of youth unemployment. With next Wednesday’s jobless figures likely to reveal up to 1 in 4 in the 18-25 age-group are now without a job, the angst over unemployment is reaching a new pitch, though not the common-sense. […]

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