The DWP are now attacking kids!

How long will it be before kids are forced to work for nothing on workfare?

McVey: Teenagers should take on Saturday jobs to prepare them for world of work

Esther McVey said there had been a fall of up to 60% in youngsters with weekend employment.

Esther McVey insisted she did not believe youngsters were “lazy” but warned there had been a fall of up to 60% in the numbers with weekend jobs. But she suggested the government also remains concerned about intergenerational fairness and said changes to the retirement age is something ministers will “always have to talk about” because people are living longer.

Ms McVey said she worked in her family’s business and a bistro when she was still in education. She said some of the drop in numbers of young people doing the same may be down to an increased focus on school work but it means they do not always have the “soft skills” needed for employment.

What you’ve seen from the 1980s, particularly in this country, is far fewer people doing Saturday jobs and doing jobs after school. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey

Ms McVey told The Daily Telegraph: “Lets not put ourselves down, we’ve got a very hard working nation, we’ve now got record numbers of people in employment and nine out of 10 are UK nationals doing those jobs, that has increased significantly.

“But what we’ve got to make sure we do for business leaders is to say we’ve got to support you, we’ve got to make sure we’ve got the right people you want to employ going into your business.

“What you’ve seen from the 1980s, particularly in this country, is far fewer people doing Saturday jobs and doing jobs after school.

“It’s about people understanding what a boss wants and what you want out of a job and I think we’ve come a long way in supporting people in that and that’s why you’ve seen more people getting employed and more British people getting employment.”

Ms McVey indicated the means-testing of universal pensioner benefits is still on agenda, according to the newspaper. “We will always have to talk about retirement age because we are all living longer,” she said. “That’s part of the conversation that started in 2010 and it’s important, but before we make any decisions to change anything we need to know how [universal benefits] are utilised, how people appreciate them and need them, so it will be part of a bigger general discussion.”

Ms McVey became a target for abuse when she was a junior minister in the Department for Work and Pensions after defending cuts to benefits and making controversial comments about foodbanks and she later lost her seat in the 2015 election.

She said shadow chancellor John McDonnell demeaned her when he repeated comments that called for her to be lynched.

“He’s the only person who still thinks he shouldn’t apologise,” she said.


2 thoughts on “The DWP are now attacking kids!

  1. My daughter tried to get a saturday job for 3 years before she went to university. In my semi-rural area, an ex mining town with ever decreasing jobs, all the ‘saturday jobs’ had either been absorbed into the normal full time working week or were being done by adults reluctantly doing several part time jobs to make ends meet. She couldn’t work both weekend days as she would never had time to do the minimum 18 hours a week home study for her A levels in addition to attending full time grammar school with a 2 hour daily commute.

    Yet another example of an out of touch Tory who hasn’t worked out that we don’t live in the 1960s anymore.

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