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Unemployed youngsters in Cornwall to be stripped of benefits if they fail to improve English and maths

By WBMiles  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a pilot scheme that will see unemployed youngsters stripped of benefits if they fail to improve English and maths skills.

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Unemployed youngsters in Cornwall will be stripped of benefits if they fail to improve their maths and English skills under the latest Government scheme.

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, said 18 to 21-year-olds who left school without a grade C at GCSE will be put on compulsory training courses as soon as they claim Jobseekers’ Allowance.

The scheme will be piloted in Cornwall and other areas and signals a desire by the Liberal Democrats to be seen as being tough on welfare in the run-up to the next election.

Mr Clegg said: “From day one of signing up for unemployment benefit, these young people will need to show they have those maths and English qualifications that every job demands.

“If they don’t, their adviser will get them on that training immediately to ensure that if you’re not earning, you’re still learning.

“We’re looking at using the latest online learning technologies, so you can fit this training around the other responsibilities in your life.

“If you don’t do this training, you won’t get your Jobseekers Allowance.”

The latest figures show more than 73,000 teenagers in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall are not in education, employment or training – or so-called “Neets”.

If the pilots are successful, Mr Clegg wants to see them rolled out across the country.

For the first time Jobcentres will also be told to help 16 and 17-year-olds looking for work.

At the launch of the scheme at a school in South West London Mr Clegg told pupils: “‘You’ll, finally, have someone there you can talk to about your options and who can give you information about different schemes like Apprenticeships and Traineeships and help you apply for jobs or training places.”

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  • Mr_Citizen  |  March 05 2014, 11:38PM

    Well done Mr Clegg now we can look forward to more cases like Mark Wood who had mental health problems and despite medical evidence saying he wasn't fit for work he was put on JSA. Obviously his illness meant that he wasn't fit for work so he had his money stopped and he starved to death. This is not an isolated case. Unemployment has increased in the South West meaning that more and more people are having to claim benefits. Everyone is kicking off that those on benefits are just getting free money for nothing and that it's their fault the economy is in its current state. I don't know of anyone on benefits who are leading a 'life of Riley' but this is the imagery the govt likes to paint. Now it seems that even with the education cuts and the fact that many of the private funded schools are failing to provide decent education that many young people are going to be in a situation where the best they can hope for is to work on George Eustice's farm to get £70 pw, minus the travel costs. The Bishop of Truro is teaming up with Labour MP Frank Field to get an enquiry into fod poverty and the increasing demand on food banks. The situation of lots of families is so dire that food banks are now having to release 'kettle boxes' as people can't afford the electric/gas to cook the food they're given. And for those who say that immigrants are a big problem they should think on the fact that there are more British migrants abroad than we have immigrants.

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  • martian1956  |  March 04 2014, 8:53PM

    @weastwelsh Yes, no and I think your Welsh Nationalism is spilling over and bordering on fanaticism. Keep it within your own borders me thinks. Good luck with that.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 04 2014, 8:17PM

    @martian 1956 Would you say that to the Welsh who have compulsory Welsh lessons in their school up to the age of 16! Cornish should be compulsory in all Cornish schools likewise. It is only the subjugation of our nation by the English Imperial State which denies us this.

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  • martian1956  |  March 04 2014, 12:16PM

    I support the idea in principal but not as the headline suggests " as a threat" JSA should be granted and as part of the qualifying interviews there could be schedule lessons if the candidate needed them. The lessons should be part of improving the Job Seekers chances of employment including mock interviews and aptitude tests. Those who are identified as needing more guidance and training would then get it. In my experience as a Hospitality industry employer I found that a majority of Europeans and other foreign students had a greater command of English and Maths than some of the native applicants. Those who did not have the required standard usually applied for KP jobs whilst attending English courses to improve their employment prospects ongoing. I also hope Break was joking as learning Cornish should be a hobby and not a requirement .

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  • josdave  |  March 03 2014, 3:18PM

    I find it difficult to believe that here in the 21st century we have kids leaving school who can't read and write and nee a calculator for even the simplest mental arithmetic tasks. There is clearly something badly wrong in our education system.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 02 2014, 10:05PM

    Well said "break"!! Would they force the Welsh or Scottish kids to improve their English? I think not!! There'd be a riot.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  March 02 2014, 9:14PM

    Doitdreckley, only when he is Deputy Prime Minister, he has already indicated that he will form a coalition with the Labour Party if they get a majority. You just can't trust the man.................or his minions.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 02 2014, 9:04PM

    Nick Clegg is a right wing Tory. Period.

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  • break  |  March 02 2014, 2:05PM

    I look foward to seeing "Unemployed youngsters in UK to be stripped of benefits if they fail to improve Cornish and maths" or would that be classed as racist or discrimination?

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  • DipStick  |  March 02 2014, 1:34PM

    "Mr Clegg said: "From day one of signing up for unemployment benefit, these IMMIGRANTS will need to show they have those maths and English qualifications that every job demands ...". What he should have said but won't because he's a fully paid up EUrophile who won't stand up for the British who elected him to his current MP's status. DS

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