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Pm: I'll Cut Benefits To Fund Apprenticeships

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David Cameron promises three million apprenticeships by 2020 - paid for by reducing the benefit cap to £23,000.

Excellent news, lots of fake apprenticeships at MacDonalds and Tesco in order to undercut the minimum wage and massage the youth unemployment figures, anyone would think there was an election approaching! :D

http://news.sky.com/story/1356326/pm-ill-cut-benefits-to-fund-apprenticeships

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or he could take a grip on public sector pensions by halving the amount the pensioners receive over £7000.

or maybe set savings targets on existing contracts the public sector has, lets see, a renegotiated 20% off all projects over £10,000.

and law meaning no consequences for contract breaks...

NHS tables now 20% cheaper.

Those drugs..20% cheaper.

They could do this in less than a year.

Suppliers: "Hey you cant have the gear then" Government "OK, we wont have it" Supplier: "Well OK then"

Edited by Bloo Loo

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or he could take a grip on public sector pensions by halving the amount the pensioners receive over £7000.

or maybe set savings targets on existing contracts the public sector has, lets see, a renegotiated 20% off all projects over £10,000.

and law meaning no consequences for contract breaks...

NHS tables now 20% cheaper.

Those drugs..20% cheaper.

They could do this in less than a year.

Suppliers: "Hey you cant have the gear then" Government "OK, we wont have it" Supplier: "Well OK then"

You should change your name to "True Bloo Loo". You really have a bee in your bonnet about the public sector and the 'perks' they receive.

Please do try and stop reading the Daily Wail.

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In the Daily Mail version of this article it says that only those on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be exempt with the new cap. Not sure if this means Working Tax Credits will no longer be exempt from the cap. Is so, will make quite a bit of a difference.

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Is that £23,000 tax free? because I just noticed my net is £22,000 after student loan.

Oh just noticed a full timer in my department earns £16722, out of that they have to pay income tax , national insurance and travel cost to work. Not really fair that someone on benefits will have to get by on 23k tax free, should leave it 26k and maybe increase yearly inline with inflation

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Oh just noticed a full timer in my department earns £16722, out of that they have to pay income tax , national insurance and travel cost to work. Not really fair that someone on benefits will have to get by on 23k tax free, should leave it 26k and maybe increase yearly inline with inflation

Take away £6-10k in landlord benefit and add in a couple of kids they are in Disney land twice a year im sure

The problem and the larger bill comes fro working tax credits and its not just the bill that`s a problem, it is effectively creating a wage cap at the lower end of the scale which could well have a trickle up effect

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Cameron and Miliband are both prancing about offering apprenticeships left, right and centre as if they were the best thing since sliced bread, but all they really are is a legal way for a company to pay an employee £100 for a 40 hour week.

Just another example of Labour and the Conservatives being essentially indistinguishable.

Edited by Dorkins

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Apprenticeships should mean training someone in a skilled profession.

What it means currently is a way to employ someone and avoid national minimum wage. Its a way of penalising the young who haven't bought the University cool aid.

Edited by Ulfar

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Apprenticeships should mean training someone in a skilled profession.

What it means currently is a way to employ someone and avoid national minimum wage. Its a way of penalising the young who haven't bought the University cool aid.

I'm sure there are plenty of people with degrees earning £2.68ph doing an apprenticeship.

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In the Daily Mail version of this article it says that only those on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be exempt with the new cap. Not sure if this means Working Tax Credits will no longer be exempt from the cap. Is so, will make quite a bit of a difference.

Universal Credit will come under the cap so they probably are pricing in that.IDS hasnt told Cameron UC isnt coming in for families with children.

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Universal Credit will come under the cap so they probably are pricing in that.IDS hasnt told Cameron UC isnt coming in for families with children.

You would think they might talk to each other at Cabinet meetings, unless their egos don't permit disclosure.

Apprenticeships seem to be a way with dealing with youth unemployment now that the other half of youth is taken care of at University.

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