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Voices of Scotland Youth unemployment is a national shame 20 Jul 2018 07:47 #9431

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JOHNNIE HUNTER WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018

The Scottish government must be forced to abandon its pro-austerity stance and spend the money it has readily available, writes JOHNNIE HUNTER


SCOTTISH government statistics released in June showed that 10.5 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds in Scotland are unemployed. A further 17.2 per cent are economically inactive.

Excluding those who are in full time education, this adds to a total of 27.7 per cent or 94,000 young people unemployed, not seeking work or unable to start work.

Despite apparent efforts by the Scottish government, the drive to reduce youth unemployment has stalled in recent years.

Communists argue that a key demand of the Scottish left should be a concerted effort on the part of the government to eliminate this stain on our society.

Central to this effort should be the creation of thousands of apprenticeships and investment in vocational education with a definite career path and guaranteed employment.

Full Report Here;
morningstaronline.co.uk/article/youth-unemployment-national-shame
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Voices of Scotland Youth unemployment is a national shame 20 Jul 2018 09:25 #9434

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I thought the Scottish Government were anti-austerity, had already abandoned it.

What’s going on up there CoD?
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Voices of Scotland Youth unemployment is a national shame 20 Jul 2018 09:51 #9435

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It seems our Scottish government are very aware of what`s going on and have been asked about welfare problems and making more money available to mitigate the harm from Westminster, but the answers are that if they spend more money in one area, they have to take it away from another area, like social care or from other ring-fenced budgets, yet even the Scottishunemployedworkers website question some of the promises we were given about scrapping things like the Tory bedroom tax and the conditionality within our welfare system, but as yet, all they have came up with is this `Fair Start Scotland` program (something I haven't been offered yet but I`m not interested) but it`s a step in the right direction (England & Wales have the Work & Health programme) which can be voluntary or mandatory depending on the work coach you have or your circumstances.

Youth unemployment should be their main focus because when young people leave school (those who don`t decide to stay on) can either end up in no mans land or have no focus in their lives. This is when they NEED advice and help from those who should be working hard to make sure they are all accounted for and not just thrown onto some scrap heap or told to attend their local careers advice centre. I don`t even know if 16 years olds can even claim JSA or UC now? Is it still the case where they can or is it 18 now?
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Voices of Scotland Youth unemployment is a national shame 20 Jul 2018 10:43 #9436

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Here are a few figures about who can get what:

If you've just left education, you won't be able to get JSA until your parents stop getting Child Benefit for you. (16 to 18)

You may be able to get Income Support instead. Single aged 16 to 24 – Income Support = £57.90

JSA weekly amount:
18 to 24 = £57.90
25 or over = £73.10
Couples both over 18 = £114.85

If you're 18 or over and you live with a partner who is 18 or over, you can claim with your partner.

I agree that more emphasis could be put on getting 16 to 24 year olds into some sort of meaningful apprenticeships or work instead of spending a fortune on schemes and scams to punish and harras the elderly and the disabled and the half dead.
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Voices of Scotland Youth unemployment is a national shame 20 Jul 2018 11:38 #9440

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BB wrote: I agree that more emphasis could be put on getting 16 to 24 year olds into some sort of meaningful apprenticeships or work instead of spending a fortune on schemes and scams to punish and harras the elderly and the disabled and the half dead.

Agree. Perhaps once this lot (the Tories I mean) are ditched by the public vote, we might see a change in policy, but I wouldn`t bank on it. People in their mid 50`s and pushing 60 who find themselves on UC looking for work or claiming ESA because they have medical problems that restrict their ability to carry out daily tasks should be offered an alternative. Like being paid the basic JSA rate weekly for doing a few hours agreed with a charity or organisations who can be far more help than the DWP are at placing individuals with these problems into areas they will thrive in rather than keeping us in a no win situation on UC.

But the Scottish government really should be more forward than they are in regards all of this, especially now that they have powers to act on them rather than leaving them in the cupboard. They have taken control of only a few welfare areas so far, one being PIP which is paid to anyone who has limitations whether working or not. So it is not a means tested benefit or income related. You can be a millionaire and STILL claim PIP.

ESA on the other hand, unless it is contributions based, IS income related, so ESA is now a benefit that is coming closer and closer to the Universal Credit umbrella and is now called Limited Capability for Work/or Work Related Activity.

I feel for the younger generation because most of us will remember the 70`s/80`s era when signing on and the old giro system! We are a far cry from that now and it`s scary. I try to keep on top of what`s going on with the Scottish welfare side, but unless something is announced big time, I fear we will just have to keep biting our tongue until something does give.
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