Labour youth jobless plan outlined
Long-term unemployed young people will be guaranteed a job under Labour but face being stripped of benefits if they refuse the offer, Ed Miliband is due to announce.
All under-25s out of work for more than one year will be given paid employment, funded by a bank bonus tax, for six months, the party leader will pledge.
The scheme brings together government and business to create opportunities for youngsters but, in return, they have a responsibility to seize those chances, he will add.
Drawing on the experiences of his late father Ralph, who arrived in Britain as a Jewish refugee in 1940 and went on to become a leading left-wing academic, Mr Miliband will say: "He succeeded because he was given a chance and the opportunity he was given was matched by his sense of striving. He worked hard to make something of himself. And that is one of the things I learned from him. Hard work - and its value. It was just a sense that you shouldn't waste our potential."
Mr Miliband will insist the "real jobs guarantee" goes much further than the Government's youth contract, which offers a subsidy to employers hiring young people.
It is also stronger than the previous Labour government's Future Jobs Fund, which offered six months work to the long-term jobless, as the new scheme will include a training requirement, according to aides. Young people who turn down the work or are sacked would face sanctions, including temporary withdrawal of benefit payments.
Mr Miliband will tell Labour's youth conference on jobs, being held in Warwick, the challenges faced today "do not seem large" compared to the wartime era but there is "more pessimism" now about what politics can achieve.
Lashing out at the coalition's record youth unemployment, which has reached more than one million, he will accuse the Government of cutting opportunities for young people. He will say: "What is their solution? A Work Programme which does not guarantee work. A jobs programme scheme from this Government which does not offer jobs.
"Work experience of course has a role to play in helping people into work. But work experience is not the same as a real job. It cannot be the summit of our ambitions. There is only one solution to a jobs crisis - jobs."
Sayeeda Warsi, co-chairman of the Conservative Party, said: "Labour's last so-called 'guaranteed jobs policy' squandered millions, placing young people in short term public sector jobs. Now they want to repeat this failed experiment, but they've already spent the money they say they'd use to pay for it ten times over."