Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'
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!
Donate to the Socialist Party
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 1 December 2021:
Covid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease
27 dead in channel migrant tragedy
Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis
Khan threatens further London transport cuts
Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'
Tories strengthen repressive laws
After COP26: where next for the climate movement?
Argentine elections see deepening polarisation
Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe
Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life
NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise
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
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
TV review: Valley of the Tears
The Socialist 1 December 2021 |
Join the Socialist
| Audio | PDF | ebook