October 2014 Further Welfare Cuts Proposed

03/10/2014

The Conservative Party has outlined further cuts to welfare spending it would make if elected in 2015.

Mr Cameron outlined the following reforms to benefits for young people, designed to 'end youth unemployment' -

  • unemployed 18 to 21 year olds would be given six months to find work or training after which their jobseeker's allowance (JSA) payments would be withdrawn unless they agreed to take take part in 'community projects

  • those taking part in 'community projects' would be entitled to a 'youth allowance', set at the same level as JSA;

  • most unemployed 18 to 21 year olds would be prevented from claiming housing benefit in order to leave home, with exceptions for those with children or leaving care; and

  • the money saved by these reforms would be used to pay for three million apprenticeships over the five years of the next parliament.

    In addition, Chancellor George Osborne confirmed the proposed reduction in the benefit cap and said that a Conservative government would freeze working age benefits for two years, with exceptions for pensioner and disability benefits.

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