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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 December 2021

Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

Youth fight for Jobs protested for well-paid jobs for all on 9 October. Photo: Paul Mattsson

Youth fight for Jobs protested for well-paid jobs for all on 9 October. Photo: Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Amy Sage, Bristol North Socialist Party

The National Audit Office has released its report into the government's 'Kickstart Scheme'. When it was first announced, the scheme aimed to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality six-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

In reality, however, the scheme, labelled "insufficient and flawed" in the report, has created only 96,700 job placements. There has been little-to-no monitoring to check that these placements are of good quality, that young workers are being offered training or support, and nothing to check that these jobs are being offered to the right people.

When Rishi Sunak announced the plans for the scheme last year, the Socialist Party said it would simply give big business a source of cheap labour and not do enough to tackle the looming youth unemployment crisis. The NAO report appears to support this, stating that there is no clear evidence that the jobs 'created' would not have existed without the scheme.

Workers on the scheme are paid poverty wages - minimum wage for just 25 hours a week. And the bosses don't even pay that, the government foots the bill!

Youth unemployment has now reached 11.7%, one in five 18-year olds are not in employment education or training. Youth Fight for Jobs, a campaign fighting to secure a decent future for young people, launched by the Socialist Party, says no to bogus apprenticeships or training schemes, and yes to a decent job guaranteed for all at the end of training.

We fight for a mass programme of socially useful job creation. And, unlike Frances O'Grady, head of the Trades Union Congress, who politely calls for the government to 'work with unions on the next phase of the scheme', Youth Fight for Jobs demands trade union oversight and democratic workers' control of any public works, job creation programmes and youth training schemes to guarantee decent pay and conditions for all; no trust in the Tories!

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Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

Khan threatens further London transport cuts

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Tories strengthen repressive laws


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International

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Wales

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Rural life

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Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

UCU higher education disputes

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer

Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions


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East London mass non-payment wins housing victory

Marching to stop violence against women

Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target

End fuel poverty


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TV review: Valley of the Tears


 

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