Miliband/Balls – Labour’s big cuts in public expenditure start to take shape

Labour plans to end automatic benefits for young jobless

Middle-class parents could be responsible for looking after their children until they are 22 if they cannot find a job, under new plans outlined by the Labour leader Ed Miliband. Under a Labour government, Mr Miliband will end the automatic entitlement to Jobseeker’s Allowance for people aged between 18 and 21. It will be replaced by a means-tested benefit based on parental income. It will also be conditional on young adults taking part in training courses and trying to find work. Mr Miliband’s pledge reflects a recognition of anger among some voters that some people are getting “something for nothing” out of the welfare system. A YouGov poll for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has found that 78% of people believe that the welfare system is failing to reward people who have worked and contributed to it. Mr Miliband will also back proposals for local councils to be given more control of the housing benefit budget.

Yesterday in the Guardian, Page: 1, 4 The Independent, Page: 8 Independent I, Page: 4

Why you can almost hear the howls of indignation from the Labour Party should this ‘cuts’ proposal have come from the Coalition Government!

2 thoughts on “Miliband/Balls – Labour’s big cuts in public expenditure start to take shape

  1. Ged Wright says:

    It sounds like a good idea to me Tony. Students have to work as well as study, so why should some in society choose not to contribute in some way receive hand-outs?

    • Not saying I disapprove, it was more the anti-cuts party proposing benefit cuts that was ironic to me. If Labour had not spent the past 4 years opposing just about any saving in public expenditure it would not look so odd.

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