CAMERON VOWS BENEFIT CRACKDOWN WITH LEARN OR EARN SCHEME – According to the Prime Minister David Cameron, there are over 1 million young people that are not in education, employment or some form of training – in other words they are simply living off the backs of the hard working taxpayer.
With this acknowledgement, David Cameron is now vowing to strip anyone under the age of 25 of their benefits if they refuse to engage in a learning or training program that could provide them with the skills to find gainful employment – and it’s about time.
This is yet another welfare reform measure that David Cameron feels must be implemented in order to turn Britain back into a productive nation.
We have long been aware that the culture of welfare has gone from ‘helping the needy’ to ‘entitlement’ and it must be stamped out and for a number of very good reasons.
VIDEO: Full Party Conference Speech by David Cameron
Traditionally when unemployment increases it brings about civil unrest and higher crime rates. It must also be acknowledged that with 2014 and the Right of Free Movement upon us, we will be forced to feed, house and clothe potentially millions of economic refugees from the likes of Bulgaria and Romania.
This measure of welfare reform must be adopted and accepted if Britain is going to survive and not be plunged into an indefinite period of recession and austerity through having to provide for those who simply want a free ride through life.
The plan is to force school leavers into either taking a job or taking up an apprenticeship; according to Mr. Cameron those that refuse will face benefit sanctions and the loss of unemployment benefits.
Currently the law allows anyone to refuse either a job or a training programme without facing the loss of any benefits but according to Mr. Cameron the new ‘Earn or Learn’ policy will change this situation and no longer subject the taxpayer in having to fork out for those who simply do not want to work or be educated.
“Today it is still possible to leave school, sign on, find a flat, start claiming housing benefit and opt for a life on benefits. It’s time for bold action here.
We should ask, as we write our next manifesto, if that option should really exist at all. Instead, we should give young people a clear, positive choice: Go to school. Go to college. Do an apprenticeship. Get a job.” Prime Minister, David Cameron, Tory Party Conference Speech
Currently, according to statistics, there are over 400,000 under 25 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance which costs the taxpayer some £1.2 billion a year. Further to this, there are nearly 400,000 young people receiving Housing Benefit costing £1.8 billion a year.
Some skeptics are questioning the validity of this ‘Earn or Learn’ scheme due to the number of under 25’s being single mothers (approx 170,000) and couples with children (approx 32,000).
The argument here is that these people won’t be able to go back into education, engage in training or indeed find suitable employment due to having to care for their children.
Once again the taxpayer is most likely going to be saddled with the burden of other people’s lifestyle choices – that is taking the decision to have children. It might come as little of a surprise when some call for an education programme that allows poor families to learn how to use contraceptives.
The issues with families living off the backs of the taxpayers have been explored time and time again but there appears to be no solution. When you look at the likes of Cloe Embley and Heather Frost it is clear that these women, and many like them, are simply gaming the system so that they do not have to work thus forcing the taxpayer to provide them with a comfortable lifestyle.
I for one, remain skeptical of any of the recent plans announced at the Tory Party Conference – the issue here is that these conferences are often designed to merely garner support and with the amount of lies and rhetoric, the promises and vows made and broken, I wonder if this latest round of plans will ever be implemented or will they simply fall by the wayside along with all the other lies and rhetoric gone before… we remain hopeful that positive measures can be implemented successfully to change the fortunes of Britain.