Monday, 20 October 2014

PM vows to create 3m apprenticeships

David Cameron will vow to end youth unemployment in the next parliament, proposing that a future Conservative government would use £1bn in welfare spending cuts to fund 3m new apprenticeships. A plan by Mr Cameron to reduce the welfare cap from £26,000 to £23,000, together with the removal of housing benefit from 18- to 21-year-olds on jobseeker's allowance, will raise £255m a year, which will be used to fund the apprenticeships. According to figures released by the Conservative Party, the reduction in the cap will have an impact on an estimated 70,000 households, with 40,000 hit for the first time. Up to 30,000 young people will be affected by the removal of housing benefit from those aged from 18 to 21 who will see their jobseeker's allowance replaced by an allowance limited to six months. Claimants who fail to find a job or an apprenticeship after six months will be forced to perform community work.
published in the The Times and others 

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