David Cameron will reveal new welfare plans today, forcing 18-21 year-olds to do community work after six months of unemployment.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 21 aiming to claim benefits will have to complete at least 30 hours of community work. Cameron is expected to reveal these plans today at his East Sussex speech. The new benefits scheme will also require claimants to spend at least 10 hours a week searching for jobs.
This will come into effect after 6 months of unemployment and replace the Jobseeker’s Allowance, which is currently worth £72.40 for those over 24. The new Youth Allowance will be worth £57.35 a week, £15 less than what was previously received.
With an hourly rate of less than two pounds, the news comes as a shock to many youths around the country, however Cameron argued on the Andrew Marr Show that he wanted to…
“…end the idea that aged 18 you can leave school, go and leave home, claim unemployment benefit and claim housing benefit. We shouldn’t be offering that choice to young people; we should be saying, ‘you should be earning or learning.”
With more than 17,000 people unemployed in Nottinghamshire and 8,500 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the city alone, Nottingham is sure to be one of the most affected cities in the UK if the plans go ahead.