The Chancellor Excludes Young People Under 25s Is Worse Than Any April Fool Joke
Now, this must be the biggest April fools joke ever played on young people today. I had to post this being a youth worker myself and working with young people.
As we are aware of the current situation of the youth work professions whereby we are facing cuts and forced to rethink the way we deliver our service to young people it seems that the current Government may have a hidden agenda. I dare not say what it is as I fear the worse for the Youth work profession.
“Now this must be the biggest April fools joke ever played on young people today”
We see today the awaited introduction to the National living wage in the UK. This is the so-called flagship policy by the Conservative party Chancellor George Osborne.
He announced to the British public last year that “Britain deserves a pay rise”. Well, that was a very bold statement to make. What we see now is that the policy has a gaping big hole in it. Under this policy young person under 25s who are our future and in many cases fill the majority of the low paid jobs have been excluded.
The National Living Wage has been generally a binding together approach over the political range, with most gatherings concurring that Labor’s somewhat pitiful the lowest pay permitted by law, presented in 1999, was long due for a substitution. A boost in the salary of 50p every hour is liable to be uplifting news for the one in twenty labourers who are as of now on the most reduced pay rate. Despite the fact that this pay conspicuous difference a distinct difference to the £8.25 every hour rate of pay that is supported by the Living Wage Foundation, who likewise advocate for a higher rate for those working in London.
Nonetheless, it’s not only the rate of pay that the UK Government and the Living Wage Foundation contrast on, it additionally concerns who ought to be qualified for a good rate of pay. The present segregation got by youthful specialists meaning they need to hold up until the age of 21 until they get the standard the lowest pay permitted by law has now been overshadowed by the subjective age of 25. For those leaving school at 16, they will need to work about 10 years to be regarded as commendable beneficiaries of the National Living Wage. Were the UK Government to present a plan that oppressed whatever other areas of the workforce, it is likely that it be chastised by the media and observers, and rightly along these lines, however, there has been a little objection at this further impediment youngsters will be put at.
“Everybody in Britain merits a pay increase on today, April the 1st; we should not be oppressing our young work force and not discriminating based on age”.
A year ago Cabinet Minister, Matthew Hancock, shone some light on the method of the reasoning behind barring individuals less than 25 years old, by expressing more youthful labourers did not merit the pay rise since they “were not as beneficial”. It was likewise guaranteed that by setting the pay scale at a lower level for youngsters they would be offered more chances to pick up the experience by organizations utilizing their less expensive work. This case was quickly dissipated when a report by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, which found that higher pay could “lessen the probability of representatives leaving their employment” and in this way decreasing open doors for more youthful labourers.
“Our youngsters are as of now confronting a substantial brunt of the cuts”
In spite of the UK Government as of late declaring that the rate of pay for those matured 21-24 would increment in October to £6.95 every hour, this will even now leave a hole of around £450 every year for youths working full-time.
Our youngsters are as of now confronting a substantial brunt of the cuts proceeded with slices to open spending, with changes to university reforms, local neighbourhood youth services forced to save money by making cuts. The Albert Kennedy Trust as of late delivered proof demonstrating LGBT youngsters represent 24% of the youthful destitute populace and that the evacuation of lodging advantage for under 21s is set to bring about significantly more noteworthy turmoil for this powerless area of society.
As endless of studies highlight, low pay keeps on being interlinked with destitution but then the chance to offer youthful labourers some assistance with having been missed by the Chancellor. Today the young fellow making espresso for the workers recording into Whitehall, or the young lady serving lunch in an aeroplane terminal, won’t get a boost in compensation, they will rather be advised to hold up.
Everybody in Britain merits a pay increase on today, April the 1st; we should not be oppressing our young workforce and not discriminating based on age.