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Candidate backs Labour work plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

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THE Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire has welcomed radical reforms to welfare.

Jamie McMahon threw his weight behind efforts that could see young people get the support to improve skills so they get ready for the world of work - instead of moving in and out of low-paid jobs and benefits

He said: “These reforms are long overdue.

“We need to create a welfare system that encourages young people to get the qualifications and training they need to succeed in the workplace.

“We also need a welfare system which rewards those who have worked hard, paid in and deserve extra support when out of work.

“Labour is setting out a radical policy agenda for Government, understanding that we won’t have money to spend but that doesn’t stop us making the change we need.

“Seven out of 10 young people claiming job seeker’s allowance have skills below level three, A-level equivalent.

“Helping young people get the qualifications they need will help get some of the 240 young people unemployed in North West Leicestershire into work.

“By linking unemployment benefits to previous contribution we can help those who’ve paid in over many years when times get tough.”

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