We Must Continue to Invest in our Young People

Labour Youth has welcomed the increase in training opportunities for young people announced as part of the Labour Party manifesto yesterday by Tánaiste Joan Burton.

The announcement is accompanied by a commitment to restore the full rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance to those under 26 who engage with the expanded Youth Guarantee programme.

Labour Youth National Chairperson Grace Williams said “We welcome the proposed substantial increase in funding of the Youth Guarantee, along with the plans to deliver 50,000 new apprenticeships, increased funding for higher education and to reduce the student contribution charge. These measures will ensure that a broad range of opportunities are available for all young people to receive training in their chosen area.

“On welfare, Labour Youth has consistently campaigned for the restoration of Jobseekers’ Allowance for those under the age of 26 since it was cut in Budget 2014. We are pleased to note that our campaign has had an impact on the party’s election manifesto and acknowledge that this is a step in the right direction. We will of course be continuing our campaign and will be lobbying the next Labour government to deliver full welfare restoration for all people under 26.”

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