Friday, 10 July 2015
Cuts are good for young people
"The Chancellor has denied "targeting" young people with cuts a day after wielding the axe against housing and education assistance for young people on low incomes."
"George Osborne’s budget, delivered on Wednesday, excluded under-25s from a flagship living wage policy, banned them from claiming housing benefit, and scrapped grants for low-income students."
"But Mr Osborne said his changes would be "good for them", referring to young people."
"I don’t accept that we’re targeting young people – this is all about investing in apprenticeships and universities," he told Sky News.
"I am saying – look, I’m sorry, you can’t come out of school, go straight onto benefits, claim housing benefits.
"That’s not what a working young person is able to do in the sense that they often have to stay at home while they build their career."
"We are asking young people to earn or learn rather than live on benefits. I personally think that’s good for them, it’s certainly good for the country."
"He did not directly address the exclusion of young people from the new National Living Wage or the scrapping of student grants."
"The Chancellor also announced on Wednesday that he would allow tuition fees to increase above £9,000 with inflation."