Conservative welfare plans are all stick and no carrot

February 17, 2015 8:47 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The Conservatives' welfare plans are all no stick and no carrot.

Under plans announced today (Tuesday 17 February) young people aged between 18 and 21 who have not worked for six months, will be barred from claiming benefits unless they agree to take up an apprenticeship or do community work.

key_young-workers.jpg

The Conservatives would make unemployed young people work 30 hours a week doing things like cleaning war memorials or working in parks.

These placements are not designed to help people into work, more to punish. Just like the Conservative plans to axe housing benefit for young people, it's all stick and no carrot.

Young people should be given help and support into the work place, help at job centres and the opportunity to get on in life. We should not write young people off as feckless and lazy.

We must make sure young people leave school with the skills they need to succeed. That is why Liberal Democrats will protect education spending.

The Conservatives' plans to slash the education budget will reduce the prospects of thousands of young people.