Rachel Reeves MP

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

Rachel blogs on Labour's jobs guarantee

A Labour government would give young people who have been cast aside by the Tory-led Government the chance to find work through a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee.

 

The chance to work

Last Wednesday I met four incredible young people. Bright, ambitious yet out of work. Like many young people across the country they had found it hard to get a job, applying for hundreds of positions, in some cases without getting a single interview.

For generations in Britain, when the economy grew, most people got better off but that's not true anymore. Especially for young people.

Under David Cameron's Government, long term youth unemployment has doubled costing taxpayers £350 million a year.

A Labour government would give young people who have been cast aside by the Tory-led Government the chance to find work through a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee.

The Compulsory Jobs Guarantee would mean every young person out of work for more than 12 months will be given a paid starter job. This is work they will have to take up or lose benefits. A Labour government will work with employers to help fund paid work with training for six months. It will mean jobs for over 50,000 young people who have been left on the dole for over a year by David Cameron. It will also apply to adults aged 25 or over who have been out of work for two years or more. 

Our jobs guarantee will be funded for the duration of the next Parliament by taxing bank bonuses and restricting pensions tax relief for people earning over £150,000. Everyone deserves to benefit from the economic recovery; that's why we're committed to securing jobs for our young people. Labour believes in changing Britain for the better and that's what our Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will do.

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