Why cutting benefits is not the solution for youth unemployment

Although reported youth unemployment figures have decreased over the past two years, it is a recurring problem that needs to be effectively addressed.  The Conservatives are continuously making cuts, that not only affect young people but also wider society, and they now want to cut benefits for unemployed 18 to 21-year-olds.

These cuts could have a seriously negative effect on young people who are unable to find a job after a certain period of time, resulting in a struggle to meet their needs and perhaps leading to poverty.  Not all young people find work with ease, even those with university qualifications.  Cutting their benefits will not necessarily reduce youth unemployment, but rather increase poverty, with the possibility of pushing charities to the brink.

There is also the problem of young people being forced to work in “low rate” jobs for very little pay, as these are the only types  of jobs that will accept them, and others being pushed into any job role available, even if it is not their chosen career field.  I believe that young people should be encouraged to chase their dreams and pushed into jobs (even menial jobs) that will bring them a step closer to that dream.

Lack of support from the Jobcentre also seems to be a major issue, as they are supposed to be a source of help towards the young unemployed finding work.

It seems that the Jobcentre would rather you find  any job just to pass the time, whether you like it or not, which I don’t believe is right.  This life is too short and already overrun with pressures to spend time doing a job you despise.

Youth unemployment is an issue and I understand the struggle as an unemployed young person myself, but I don’t think that these benefit cuts are going to make a positive change.  There needs to be more opportunities created and more meaningful job roles that will pay young people a slightly higher wage.  What are your views on youth unemployment and benefit cuts?

Photo by Cmglee. Used under Creative Commons Licence.

3 thoughts on “Why cutting benefits is not the solution for youth unemployment

  1. Reblogged this on Inside My Head and commented:

    This is a piece that means a lot to me, as an unemployed young person who is striving to reach my dream job role. Cutting benefits really is not the answer to youth unemployment – it’s one of the worst possible things to do.


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