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Now the Tories want boot camps for the unemployed

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2467

Tory minister Matthew Hancock has ramped up the assault on welfare with plans to force young unemployed people into “boot camps”. 

They will lose their benefits unless they attend. 

The Tories claim this is a solution to youth unemployment that’s stuck at 16 percent—nearly three times higher than general unemployment. 

But they’re also slashing 24 percent from adult education funding, making life harder for young people.

The Tories scapegoat unemployed people as “scroungers”—but this is about making all working class people work harder on lower wages.

It’s part of their plans to slash a further £12 billion from welfare.

The Tories face a major dilemma.

They know their talk about the British economy is all smoke and mirrors. 

The new CPI inflation figures last Tuesday barely inched up to 0.1 percent—a sign of a flat-lining economy. 

So the Tories are trying to coax bosses to invest more with tax breaks and attacks on wages, welfare and union rights.

Hancock challenged all four Labour leadership candidates to support the boot camps. 

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall all disgracefully abstained on the Welfare Bill last month with the majority of Labour MPs.

But the Tories’ plans could backfire. Their attack on working tax credits could expose the right wing propaganda about benefit claimants being “scroungers”. 


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Tue 18 Aug 2015, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2467
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