Sunday, 22 June 2014

23 June 2014: Create jobs for young adults, don't treat them as children

Create jobs, value real work and encourage young people rather than cutting their benefits and treating them as children is the message from Kent Greens. This comes after Labour's announcement that they would cut benefits for 18-21 year olds. The Greens are calling for investment in jobs that support sustainability rather than insisting young adults go back into education.

Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Greens: "Labour has joined the Coalition's assault on younger people with their plan to end benefits for young adults without A Levels or equivalent. Insisting that 18 to 21 year olds have to get more education and must live with their parents if they are struggling to find work is simply treating these young adults as children.

"Labour need to recognise that not everyone needs to be educated to A Level standard and in fact having a mix of education is better for society.  We need to start valuing jobs that don't have a high educational basis; farm labourers, cleaners and road sweepers are some of the most important people in society.

"Secondly, forcing young adults to become dependent children again will simply alienate them. We need to recognise that people will act as adults only when they are treated as such.

"Finally, the most important issue is that jobs are needed for young people. Cutting benefits will not create jobs but government investment in the right types of industry will. "