Tory Record on Jobs & Poverty

(October 03, 2013)

Ed M on Apprenticeships


• Almost a million young people are unemployed. • The number of people working part-time because they can’t get a full-time job is at the

highest level since records began.

• The number of people unemployed for over two years is up 60% since the General Election.

• The number of 16-18 year olds starting apprenticeships is down by 12% in the last year.

• Nearly 200,000 16-18 year olds are not in work, education or training, a rise since 2010.

• Almost 8 out 10 people who have been on David Cameron’s Work Programme for two years have failed to get a sustained job.

• The Youth Contract is on course to miss its target by more than 92%.

Social security

• Two thirds of people hit by the unfair and hated Bedroom Tax are disabled.

• David Cameron says the Bedroom Tax is supposed to tackle under-occupation in housing – but 96% of those affected have nowhere smaller to move to.

• David Cameron’s flagship policy Universal Credit is mired in chaos and delay with at least £34 million already written off.


• The number of children living in absolute poverty has risen by 300,000 under David Cameron.

• The Government’s own figures show their Strivers’ Tax is set to push 200,000 children into poverty.

• The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that 1.1 million more children will be living in poverty by 2010 thanks to this Government’s policies.

• Almost 350,000 people relied on foodbanks in 2012-13 - compared to 41,000 in 2009- 10.

• Michael Gove says families use foods banks because they can't manage their money properly.


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