Since the Tories came into power in 2010, young people from poorer backgrounds across the country have been hit very hard by austerity. And things are about to get a lot worse.
The Tories have created a lost generation. Young people from poorer backgrounds cannot afford to attend college or university because the financial support that was put in place by Labour has been axed by the Tories. As a result, young people are leaving school with no aspiration and are being forced into low-paid low-skilled jobs and zero hours contracts.
Tory cuts continue to bite. Careers offices have been closed. EMA for poorer students has been axed. Tuition fees have been hiked and are due to increase again. Apprenticeships are sparse. And those aged 18 to 24 who have fallen into hard times have had their benefits cut and are no longer entitled to Council Tax and Housing Benefit. This will cause severe hardship and homelessness, stress, debt and mental health.
Some young people will turn to crime, drink and drugs. Others will get into serious debt by relying on payday loans to make ends meet. And others will see suicide as their only way out because they have nowhere else to turn to because the safeguards and support they once had has been taken away by the Tories.
Theresa May’s grammar schools programme will cause division and will only benefit affluent pupils, while poorer pupils and those who have not done as well at school will be thrown on the scrapheap. It’s also privatisation of Britain’s education and grammar schools which is widely opposed by teachers and they are considering industrial action on a scale not been seen since the 1980s. But there is hope for Britain’s young people: Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.
Labour opposes grammar schools. Labour opposes the abolishment of EMA and closure of careers offices. Labour opposes tuition fees and cuts to Council Tax and Housing Benefit for people aged 18 to 21. Labour will ensure more apprenticeships are available and will stop employers using zero hour contracts for regular workers. Labour will invest in building more affordable homes. And Labour will increase the Minimum Wage to £10 an hour by 2020. More Labour policies can be found here.
But Labour cannot achieve these things unless in government. Labour acknowledges the hardship that young people are suffering under the Tories and Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the way the Tories are treating them. Only Labour is fighting the Tories on austerity, hardship and inequality which is affecting millions of people across the country.
The Tories always show contempt towards the poor and vulnerable by laughing and jeering at Jeremy Corbyn and Labour whenever they raise issues in Parliament about the effects Tory austerity is having on people across the country. Tory austerity is causing hardship, homelessness, hardship, inequality and deaths, but the Tories answer is to laugh.
Young people must vote Labour on 8 June to send a clear message to Theresa May. Defeatism and not bothering to vote is not an option. Young people are the future of Britain and they deserve a better start in life and the only way this can be achieved is by voting Labour. The alternative is another 5 years of the most right-wing Tory Government since Margaret Thatcher – and another 5 years of austerity, hardship and inequality which will continue hitting young people, ordinary working households and women the hardest.
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