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PM: Young Unemployed Will Work For Benefits


David Cameron says his reforms aim to end long-term unemployment and help youngsters understand "welfare is not a one-way street".

David Cameron says his reforms aim to end long-term unemployment and help youngsters understand “welfare is not a one-way street”.

Young people out of work or not in education or training for six months will need to do unpaid work to claim benefits under welfare reforms drawn up by the Conservative Party.

The reforms mean people aged between 18 and 21 will have to do 30 hours of community work each week and 10 hours of job-hunting to qualify for benefits.

The work will begin from day one of their claim. It could involve preparing meals for elderly people or working at charities.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the reforms seek to end long-term youth unemployment and help youngsters understand that “welfare is not a one-way street”.

The scheme – called the Community Work Programme – extends already-announced Conservative plans to abolish Jobseeker’s Allowance, replacing it with a Youth Allowance.

Claimants will be required to undertake an apprenticeship or community work to receive their benefits after half a year on the Youth Allowance.

Mr Cameron is expected to announce the scheme during a speech in England’s South East later today.

Speaking ahead of the speech, he said: “Our welfare reforms are a key part of our long-term economic plan.

“They are not just about saving money. They are about changing lives and making this a country that rewards work and gives everyone the chance of a better future.

“That is why we are taking further steps to help young people make something of their lives. Our goal in the next parliament is effectively to abolish long-term youth unemployment.

“We want to get rid of that well-worn path from the school gate, down to the jobcentre, and on to a life on benefits.”

“For those 18 to 21-year-olds who have not been in employment, training or education for six months before they sign on, we are going to take intensive action.

“What these young people need is work experience and the order and discipline of turning up for work each day.

“So a Conservative government would require them to do daily community work from the very start of their claim, as well as searching for work.”

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