Support for young unemployed people: A Government U-Turn?
Yesterday Chris Grayling told the House of Commons that:
We intend to continue the young person’s guarantee until the launch of the Work programme.
But recently announced cuts to ‘poor value for money’ spending committments included the abolition of the guarantee (which offers unemployed young people access to support after six months on JSA) from April 2011. And in recent statements to the House Chris Grayling has suggested that the DWP is aiming to have the Work Programme introduced by ‘Summer 2011’. This means that as a minimum there will be a three month gap in support – and that in practice, as the full contracting model for the Work Programme remains far from developed, the gap is likely to be far longer. Is the Treasury’s axing of the Young Person’s Guarantee therefore incorrect? Or is Chris Grayling wrong on the support that his Department will be providing for the 112,640 young people who have already been on the claimant count for over six months.