Speech: Opposition Day Debate on ‘Jobs and Social Security’ – House of Commons, November 2012

by Liam Byrne | 28.11.12 | in: Disabled people, Labour's Youth Jobs Taskforce, Welfare reform, Work programme, Youth unemployment

This House notes that only just over two in every hundred people referred to the Work Programme in its first year have gone into work;

further notes that it has delivered a worse outcome than no programme at all;

recognises long term unemployment is soaring and that the welfare bill is projected to be £20 billion higher than planned;

notes with concern that the Government is cutting £14 billion from tax credits and is taking £6.7 billion from disability benefits to pay for this cost of failures;

and calls on the Government to implement a bank bonus tax to fund a Real Jobs Guarantee for young people and commission a cumulative impact assessment of disability benefit changes.

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