Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Local Moray MP Angus Robertson has hit out at the Westminster Government’s latest attack on youth which will see young unemployed people forced through a three week ‘boot camp’ or face losing benefits.

The scheme will put young people through what Tory ministers are describing as ‘their paces’ with a ‘no excuse culture’ and will apply to all those under 21 who would be entitled to claim Job Seekers Allowance.

This latest plan comes as new figures from the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe) show that low paid under 25s will earn thousands less than their older colleagues doing the same job when changes come in on the Government’s National ‘Living Wage’. 18-20 year olds will earn almost £4,000 less than a co-worker over the age of 25, regardless of qualifications or experience, and apprentices will lose out on more than £7,500 per annum.

Speaking on the proposals, Angus Robertson MP said:

“The Tories at Westminster seem determined to victimise our young people and force them to bear the brunt of the austerity cuts. Around 7,500 18-25 year olds here in Moray will miss out on increases to the rebranded minimum wage, and the under 21s have been told they will no longer be allowed support with housing benefits. Now we see young people struggling to get work being threatened and intimidated into these ‘boot camps’ – camps that appear to be little more than a recycling of Job Clubs.

“To suggest that all young people need is a nice looking CV and a crash course in interview techniques is to completely misunderstand the problems people have in finding work. Young people need job opportunities, and the Government should focus more on job creation and less on finding groups to discriminate against.

“This demonstrates exactly why we need employment and welfare policy devolved to the Scottish Parliament, along with the levers necessary to grow the economy.”